EY global commitment to fight youth unemployment was reinforced today at the launch of the Alliance for Youth (AfY) in Vevey, Switzerland.
"Youth unemployment is one of the world's most intractable challenges," explains EY Global Corporate Sustainability Leader Nicky Major. "In addition to the thousands of young people we hire, we help thousands more develop the skills needed to join the working world as employees or as young entrepreneurs." The AfY is one of many examples of EY's commitment to collaborate with others in support of youth employment.
Nestlé and EY leading the charge
EY is a founding member of the AfY, an initiative spearheaded by Nestlé to help leading businesses address high levels of youth unemployment in many parts of Europe. AfY recognizes the role that businesses can play by providing good jobs and valuable training.
Many other great companies joining
Together with Nestlé and other organizations such as Google, Facebook, AXA, Publicis and Twitter, we are attending the high-profile event, which includes a media briefing and live debate featuring young people, business leaders and politicians.
Global Recruiting Leader Shirley Jackson is representing EY at the event along with two young people we have helped start careers. "As part of our AfY membership, we are signatories to the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, which promotes traineeship and apprenticeship initiatives across Europe," says Jackson. "These are vital ways of ensuring high-quality opportunities for young people."
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EY in Azerbaijan
EY made a major commitment to Azerbaijan and the region with the opening of our office in Baku 20 years ago. Today, in addition to being the leading audit firm in Azerbaijan, we are the leading firm in the region. Because of our experience and depth of knowledge, we have been able to assist both domestic and international companies as well as state-owned entities in developing and in facing the challenges of the international economy.
2014 is the 20th anniversary of EY in Azerbaijan. We currently have more than 160 staff in our Baku practice, who serves our clients in Azerbaijan. EY's strength in the Caspian Region and the firm's commitment of resources are important to the entities operating in the region. It means that as we grow, EY will continue to demonstrate a tradition of hiring and training local professionals to be leaders in our practice.