Starbucks Canada Takes Steps to Tackle Youth Unemployment

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VANCOUVER — Starbucks Canada has committed to help tackle critical youth unemployment rates in Vancouver by making sure at least 10-per-cent of its new hires are between 16 and 24 years old.

In Vancouver, the youth unemployment rate (14.1 per cent) is more than double the province’s adult average (6.3 per cent). To help combat this issue, Starbucks has partnered with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation and the province’s WorkBC Employment Services Centres to dedicate more than 330 jobs to young people over the next three years.

“At Starbucks we believe that everyone who wants a job should have a job, and we’re concerned about the number of youth who can’t find work or the opportunities to be successful,” says Caroline Ternes, regional VP, West/Central Region, Starbucks Canada. “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.”

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