In order to tackle youth unemployment in the region following the effects of the pandemic and to provide knowledge to thousands of young people, the V meeting of young people of the Pacific Alliance was held under the direction of Nestlé.
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With Chile as the host country and for the first time in a virtual format, the V Meeting of the youth of the Pacific Alliance led by Nestlé, which this year focused on tackling youth unemployment, which has risen in the wake of the pandemic.
The event took place on November 24th and 25th under the title Youth, Employability, and the Impact of the Pandemic and aimed to make the effects of the health emergency visible, which according to the International Labor Organization (ILO) affects at least one in six young people in the world.
On this occasion, the results of the Pacific Alliance Youth Employability Agreement were announced, which achieved that more than 70 companies created 100,000 development opportunities for young people from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru between 2017 and 2020, including internships. Internships and job opportunities.
“We are very proud that, despite the crisis, both the public and the private sector were able to meet at this meeting, which is a platform for dialogue, the exchange of good experiences and the provision of concrete tools for young people. In addition, we managed to create 100,000 development opportunities together with our affiliates from 2017 to the present day, ”said Laurent Freixe, Nestlé CEO for the Americas Zone.
“This fifth meeting is a unique opportunity to support and complement the efforts of the governments of the countries that make up the Pacific Alliance to enable all young people to begin their careers and integrate into the community and improve their future. ” added.
According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), at least one in six young people in the world is unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, those who remain employed have cut their working hours or wages. This situation has worsened particularly in low and middle income countries such as Latin America.
The event was marked by the presence of the alliance’s highest labor and education authorities and representatives of the corporate sector who discussed the title of the meeting.Youth, Employability, and the Impact of the Pandemic”. The change model in training was also examined in detail, for example dual training, in which what was learned in the classroom is combined with personal practice in companies, as a variant that becomes relevant in the current context.
The second day of the meeting was training through various discussions with representatives from companies such as LinkedIn or Google and on topics such as “Employability and personal brand“Or “How can you become competitive in the job market?”, among many others.
The Pacific Alliance Young People V Meeting continues what was built during the Lima, Santiago de Chile, Cali and Mexico City meetings and is set to be a key event on the youth employability agenda in the region.
At the end of the event, the Chilean ministers Andrés Allamand and Colombia, Claudia Blum, emphasized how important it is to work with young people, to train them and to offer them opportunities for the future.
At the end of the meeting, the post was handed over to Colombia, which will carry the banner of the organization of this youth congress in 2021.