Nestlé Ghana Limited has collaborated with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to help 10 million young people have access to economic opportunities by 2030. This was contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both parties on Monday, November 4, 2019.
The Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana Limited, Ms. Philomena Tan, mentioned that her outfit believes in creating shared value to the benefit of the society, thus, seeks to support the development of a talent pool that Nestle could recruit from in future.
In light of this, Ms. Tan announced through the formalised partnership, a minimum of twenty (20) students each from the Colleges of Engineering and Science, will get opportunities for practical skill development from Nestlé Ghana Limited that would help them apply knowledge to the benefit of industry and society.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, said that currently, identifying industries to offer practical exposure to the huge population of students has been a challenge. He was therefore delighted about Nestlé Ghana’s aim to partner KNUST. He believes that not only would the students gain industrial experiences but would also acquire innovative ideas to help expand Nestlé Ghana, among others.
Professor Obiri-Danso hoped that the partnership would also offer staff of the Colleges of Engineering and Science the opportunity to gain practical experience. This he trusts would enlighten them on the current trends of industry. Again, he proposed that Nestlé Ghana Limited sets start-up businesses on campus so students could produce the tins, sachets, etc. for Nestlé Ghana and other firms. This would also create jobs for the graduates, he added.
He finally appealed to Nestlé Ghana Limited to donate some of their products to the KNUST Food Bank.
The MoU which would be in force for an initial period of five years, would be reviewed periodically by mutual consent.
Nestlé Ghana Limited started business in Ghana in 1957 under the trading name of Nestlé Products Ghana Limited with the importation of Nestlé products such as milk and chocolates. In 1968, it was incorporated as Food Specialties Ghana Limited to manufacture and market locally well-known Nestlé brands.
The factory has since been further developed and now also produces Carnation milk, Ideal milk, Chocolim, Chocomilo, Cerevita, Cerelac and Nescafe 3 in 1. These products are not only produced for Ghana but also exported across West Africa.