Starbucks has announced its commitment to hire 10 per cent of new hires in Calgary to Opportunity Youth, defined as young people aged 16-29 facing challenges with finding employment.
To help tackle youth unemployment in Calgary, Starbucks has partnered up with The City of Calgary’s Youth Employment Centre (YEC) to provide work for those that are not working, in education or training, and who face barriers to employment. Starbucks Canada says they will dedicate more than 100 jobs for Opportunity Youth in Calgary each year.
“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,” said Regional Vice President, Starbucks Western Canada, Caroline Ternes in a release. “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.”
Part-time employees will also receive full time benefits if they work a minimum of 20 hours a week. Benefits will include medical and dental benefits as well as $5,000/year in mental health support, tuition reimbursements, stocks, future savings along with career and personal support services.
To apply for the Starbucks’ Opportunity Youth program you can go in person to the Youth Employment Centre, located at 315 10th Avenue SE or go online to fill out a form.