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In 2020, Coca-Cola HBC is offering a special edition of its #YouthEmpowered programme to support young people across Ireland and Northern Ireland who have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19. We are offering free digital training and insights  to 18-30 years olds; helping to build confidence and resilience as you navigate new career and learning opportunities. 

Delivered through online content, training modules and mentoring support, the #YouthEmpowered initiative has provided free life and business skills training to over 2,000 young people across the island of Ireland since it was launched in 2017.

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#YouthEmpowered programme resources cover a series of engaging topics while include how to develop a foundation of resilience and improve your self-confidence and sense of self, a step-by-step guide on building a professional online presence, as well as helpful interview hints and tips from Coca-Cola HBC professionals that will support young people bridging the gap back to employment or education. 

OUR FREE Insights & training modules


Self-awareness is key to any successful career. It also helps you decide the career path that best suits you! Do you know your personality type? Have you thought about the environments in which you like to work? Do you know how you prefer work to with others? Take our free self-assessment quiz to begin your journey to better self-understanding.

Understanding and Developing Yourself

A commitment to self-development and reflection can not only support your general wellbeing, but can also help you thrive professionally. Undertake our 'Understanding and Developing Me' training module to better understand your passions and purpose; while hearing insights from actress and writer Stefanie Preissner and Coca-Cola HBC Learning Expert Rosalind Millership. 

Building Confidence and Resilience

Resilience is an important tool; helping you to recover and respond to challenging events, in both your personal and professional life. Undertake our training module and hear from Irish International Footballer Jack Byrne and Coca-Cola HBC's Public Affairs and Communications Director Tom Burke on the importance on ways to build physical and emotional resilience for the new working world. 


How do you job-hunt in the digital age of recruitment? Can you improve your online presence? Is it possible to make meaningful connections throughout Covid-19? Why not undertake our training module on professional networking, or hear from Social Media Expert Craig Dwyer and Coca-Cola HBC’s Talent Acquisition Expert Aimee Hull who have advice for standing out from the crowd online


How best can you prepare for an interview? How do you stand out in a virtual setting? What are the techniques to best demonstrate your skills and experience?

Our training module offers practical advice for communicating with impact. You can also hear advice from BWG HR Manager Cathy Kearney and Coca-Cola HBC’s Capability Expert Jazz Kelleher on how to excel in an interview setting.

More about #youthempowered

#YouthEmpowered focuses on two key areas – Life Skills and Business Skills – as employers today require young people to be quick learners and integrate smoothly into the workplace with an understanding of self and the commercial environment. It aims to foster confidence and resiliance among young people, helping them to embrace new career and learning opportunities.

The programme is developed and delivered in partnership with YouthAction Northern Ireland and Youth Work Ireland. A substantial investment has been made to develop a curriculum which is designed to help remove the barriers that exist for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who have left the formal education system but who have been unable to secure or retain employment. 

The programme is be delivered in two formats, virtual workshop training , specifically designed for those not in education, training or employment, and a free online Digital Hub.

In 2020, it was expanded to offer free insights and training to any young person disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. All training and resources are now available via ie.coca-colahellenic.com.

"Me and others”

Life Skills will help participants recognise and develop the skills they have, helping them to make better career choices, building confidence, boosting their employability and help them stand out from the competition.

Life Skills Modules

  • Identify your skills: Understand self, own strengths and developmental opportunities
  • Interacting with others: Confidence and ability to interact with others
  • Dealing with Feedback: Listening to and learning to act on feedback
  • Build a strong CV: Show your best self with by communicating your own strengths and achievements

"Me and the workplace”

Business Skills will improve participant knowledge of core work competences, helping them to adjust to the business environment more smoothly

Business Skills Modules

  • Business Planning: Set goals and plans to achieve them.
  • Financial Literacy: Understand how to read numbers.
  • Project Management: effectively execute a plan.
  • Sales & Negotiation Skills: Sell products & services, ideas and get desired valued in return for offer product, service, idea.
  • Time Management: Managing time and objectives to reach a successful self and other satisfaction

The #YouthEmpowered programme will be fully supported by Coca‑Cola HBC mentors who will pass on their valuable first-hand experiences, about work, business and life, offering support to participants during the programme.

#YouthEmpowered is designed to support young people aged 18-30, focusing on those who are not in education, employment or training - particularly those hardest hit following the pandemic. 

 The programme is free of charge and available to all via our website, ie.Coca-ColaHellenic.com. 

If you would like to  avail of a mentor within Coca-Cola HBC, we have 40 Youth Coaches within Coca-Cola HBC who are willing to lend their time and expertise.

For more information, send your details along with a short bio or description of your career goals and ambitions to youthempowered.ioi@cchellenic.com. 

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