Starbucks Plans to Hire 240K People, Including Veterans, Refugees and Teens

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz walks in front of a photo of Starbucks baristas, at the coffee company's annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. Ted S. Warren/AP Photo

On Wednesday, a bunch of Starbucks shareholders gathered over coffee (I assume) to chat about the company’s future.

A latte (heh) went down, and perhaps most buzzworthy was the passing of the key between longtime CEO Howard Schultz to his successor, Kevin Johnson.

Another pipin’ hot topic? Jobs.

Starbucks announced plans to open 12,000 locations across the globe by 2021, including 3,400 here in the States.

That means the coffee chain expects to create more than 240,000 jobs, and 68,000 of those will be in the U.S.

That’s a venti-sized job initiative!

Let’s Discuss What You’re Wondering: Are Refugees Getting Hired?

Earlier this year, Starbucks promised to hire 10,000 refugees in the next five years. The public’s reaction was, well, spirited.

Even though Schultz got a lot of flak for it, the company isn’t backing down. It’s partnered with UNHCR, the International Rescue Committee, Tent Foundation and No One Left Behind to move forward and meet this goal.

“In the U.S., the focus will be on resettling interpreters, personnel and their families who served alongside U.S. forces,” the company said in a press release.

But What About Veterans? They Need Jobs, Too

The company’s officials discussed veterans, too.

It has a whole career page dedicated to hiring veterans and military spouses, and its previous goal was to hire 10,000 veterans by 2018.

Starbucks actually reached that goal early, and it just set a new goal: Hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses by 2025.

It also plans to open 100 more stores to support military communities in the next five years.

Also on the Agenda: Hiring Young People

Starbucks hit another goal early. Under “Operation Youth,” the coffee mogul planned to hire 10,000 unemployed youth by 2018. Done and done. Actually, it’s hired 40,000 young folks.

Now, it plans to hire 100,000 more by 2020.

Starbucks also announced the new “Pathway to Admission” program, which means the company will pay for classes and coaching for employees (both young and not) who are seeking a college degree — but need more to get into a school.

Employees who work more than 20 hours a week already become eligible for full tuition reimbursement.

How to Apply for a Job with Starbucks

If you’re interesting in working for Starbucks, navigate to its career center.

You’ll find specific pages for veterans and military spouses and the College Achievement Plan.

Or you can search for jobs in your area by zip code.

Your Turn: Would you work at Starbucks?

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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