They generate greater than 100,000 growth alternatives for younger folks from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru

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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November 26, 2020 4 min read

This article has been translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors can occur due to this process.

With Chile as the host country, and for the first time in virtual form, the V-meeting of young people of the Pacific Alliance, led by Nestlé, this year focused on tackling youth unemployment, which has risen in the middle of the pandemic.

The event took place on November 24th and 25th under the title Youth, Employability and Impact of the Pandemic and aimed to highlight the effects of the health emergency that the International Labor Organization (ILO) has affected at least one in six young people People in the world.

On that occasion, the results of the Pacific Alliance Youth Employability Agreement were announced, according to which between 2017 and 2020 more than 70 companies created 100,000 development opportunities for young people from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, 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 have managed to create 100,000 development opportunities together with our affiliates from 2017 to today, ”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, “he 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 their 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 highest labor and education authorities of the alliance countries and representatives of the corporate sector who discussed the title of the meeting “Youth, employability and the impact of the pandemic”. The alternation 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 interviews with representatives from companies such as LinkedIn or Google, as well as on topics such as “Employability and Personal Branding” or “How can you be competitive in the job market?” , among many others.

The Pacific Alliance Young People’s V Meeting continues what was built during the Lima, Santiago de Chile, Cali and Mexico City meetings and aims to be a key event on the youth employability agenda in the region.

At the end of the event, the ministers of Chile, Andrés Allamand and Colombia, Claudia Blum, emphasized the importance of working with young people, training them and giving them opportunities for the future.

At the end of the meeting, the post was handed over to Colombia, which will carry the banner of organizing this youth congress in 2021.

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