Starbucks announces ethical hiring plan

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Starbucks Canada will commit 10 per cent of all store hires to at-risk youth in an attempt to tackle unemployment and subsequently prevent homelessness, the coffee chain announced earlier today.

As one of the country’s leading employers for young people, the java giant has confirmed at least a tenth of new recruits will be young people aged 16-24 who are not working and are not in school.

Initially launched in Toronto earlier this year, the company now has plans to expand its Opportunity Youth program across the country – employing 3,5000 disadvantaged young people who are facing “various systemic barriers to employment.”

At the same time, Starbucks is continuing its long-term commitment to providing untrained and inexperience youth with the tools necessary to achieve gainful employment by introducing a work placement program.

Combined, these programs will generate 330 jobs and work placements over the next three years.

"At Starbucks we believe that everyone who wants a job should have a job," says Nash Abdrabo, Starbucks’s regional director of operations, Québec.

"Every business has a role to play in creating opportunities to help Canadian youth succeed in today's economy and we are pleased to have developed ground-breaking partnerships that allow us to provide real solutions,” he added. “By supporting these young people we will create real pathways to opportunity for them while driving our business forward and strengthening the communities we serve."
 
  • Alex Bell on 2015-11-12 6:35:45 PM

    For a long time, Starbucks has had a program with my organization, Pacific Community Resources Society, call the Baristas Training Program. The program operates in Vancouver and Surrey and has been providing youth with multiple barriers training in life and works skills and then the youth get a work experience at a Starbucks store. Many get hired on, others go back to school or find other jobs. The youth come with a lot of challenges but there have been many life changing success stories as a result. Not many businesses would have been willing to take the risk but Starbucks has been there for over 10 years and more than 500 youth graduates.

  • Karen Nash on 2015-11-16 8:39:30 AM

    Kudos to Starbucks.

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