Recipients receive paid four-year internship and opportunity to earn Associate’s Degree
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. – June 13, 2017 – Delivering on a company-wide initiative to provide comprehensive job training opportunities, Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) today announced the expansion of its apprenticeship program and named its first two local recipients.
Starting in August, Bobby Gainey and Paisley Nickelson, who work on the facility’s production line, will become the first two recipients of the Nestlé Waters’ Electromechanical Maintenance Program. This apprenticeship program will give them an opportunity to learn a new, widely-recognized skill set that is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor.
“We evaluated each candidate based on prior mechanical knowledge, their commitment and their potential,” said Ron Meuleman, Technical Manager for NWNA’s Chesterfield County bottling facility. “We’ve selected two students who will benefit from Nestlé’s superior training and standards of excellence for four years and use their new skills to help our local operations continue to grow.”
In addition to a comprehensive on-site apprenticeship, the two recipients will also have the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree through Northeastern Technical College, one of the program’s educational partners.
"It is exciting to be able to expand our apprenticeship program so that we can develop our employees, support our Company while also investing in the future of our local community,” said Alex Gregorian, Executive Vice President, Head of Technical and Production for Nestlé Waters North America. “Anytime we can unite talent and opportunity we not only benefit our employees, but also ensure our priorities and practices are better aligned. The apprenticeship program helps our company to build an internal talent pipeline supporting our business growth while preparing the next generation of leaders for our Organization."
This inaugural program for the Chesterfield County plant is a partnership between Nestlé Waters, Northeastern Technical College and Apprenticeship Carolina. It is also part of Nestlé’s broader efforts to develop talent for the company and help tackle the global unemployment crisis under the innovative career initiative “Project Opportunity.”
“Project Opportunity” strives to help people of all ages gain work experience and strengthen their professional development skills in food and beverage manufacturing. Nestlé has pledged to expand its apprenticeship program to 31 Nestlé factories in the United States, hire 1,000 paid interns and trainees by 2017 and reach 300,000 people with ‘readiness for work’ activities annually.
About Nestlé Waters North America
Nestlé Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters. Brands such as Nestlé® Pure Life®, Deer Park®, Perrier® and S.Pellegrino® have driven Nestlé Waters North America to be the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S. Based in Stamford, Connecticut with some 8,500 employees nationwide, Nestlé Waters is committed to reducing its environmental footprint across its operations. The company is also committed to creating shared value and being a good neighbor in the 140
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