Starbucks and UK Youth help disadvantaged young people to engage with employment


Starbucks and UK Youth, the largest national body for the youth sector, have again partnered to empower hundreds of disadvantaged young people with the confidence, skills and experience needed to feel ready for the workplace through their new Youth Action programme.


Recent research from the Department for Education (May 2017) found that 800,000 young people (aged 16-24) in the UK were not in education, employment or training (NEET) and of these young people 42% were actively looking and available for work.


The new one year programme addresses this issue of work readiness and tackles social mobility by supporting disadvantaged young people to develop six vital capabilities. The programme, Youth Action, allows young people to learn life skills through training, designed specifically to help them engage with employment. It also provides the young people with the opportunity to put these new skills into practice in a networking environment and learn entrepreneur skills by creating their own business by running local community cafes.


Anna Smee, CEO at UK Youth said: “The transition into employment is a tough experience for many young people, bringing with it challenges and responsibilities they may not be aware of, or equipped to cope with. Many young people don’t have - or don’t recognise that they have - the relevant life and work experience needed to confidently enter the workplace. After spotting this need in our network of young people, we created our Youth Action programme with Starbucks to help create a solution. Through the programme young people can access support, advice and training in their local community to develop the necessary belief, courage, skills to engage with education, employment or volunteering.”


UK Youth and Starbucks have worked in partnership since 2011 continuing their legacy of the Youth Action programme. The previous programme focused on supporting 16-24 to make a difference in their community by funding local social action projects. Since partnering, UK Youth and Starbucks have helped over 26,000 young people to build bright futures.


Simon Redfern, vice president corporate affairs, Starbucks Europe: “We’ve always been passionate about creating opportunities for young people, especially those not in employment or education, to get the chance to learn transferable skills and develop their own career paths.  In the UK we are proud to have partnered with UK Youth since 2011, supporting over 26,000 young people, and this is an exciting next chapter for our partnership.”


To find out more about Youth Action please visit the website.




For more information please contact:

Emma Roberts Head of Marketing at UK Youth

E: T: 0203 011 5993


About Youth Action Programme

Youth Action empowers disadvantaged young people with the confidence, skills and experience needed to feel ready for the workplace. The one year programme addresses the key issues young people face surrounding employment and provides them with the opportunity to learn life skills through employability training, put these new skills into practice in a networking environment and create their own business by running local community cafes. Youth Action is led by UK Youth and is funded by Starbucks.


About UK Youth

Founded in 1911, UK Youth is the largest national body for the youth sector, providing young people aged 9-25 with high quality services, delivered through a network of locally accessible youth organisations across the UK. Together we offer support, advice and training to over 830,000 young people to equip them with vital life skills and engage them in education, volunteering and employment. Our mission is to provide access to appropriate, high quality services for young people in every community so that all young people are empowered to build bright futures, regardless of their background or circumstances.


About Starbucks Coffee Company

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To learn more about us please visit or

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