Starbucks has pledged to double the number of apprentices it takes on in the UK by 2020. 

Starbucks, the US coffee chain that first launched its apprenticeship scheme in 2012, intends to skill up a further 1,000 UK recruits over the next four years bringing the total number to more than 2,000.

Partner Remit Training, which delivers the apprenticeship programme on behalf of Starbucks, said 80% of young people starting a Starbucks apprenticeship complete their training and remain within the business.

The East-Midlands based training provider said one in five learners achieved a promotion at work with 20% of Level 2 Baristas climbing to supervisory roles and 23% of Level 3 Management apprentices rising to store managers.

It will now deliver the next phase of apprenticeships providing Level 4 and 5 qualifications.

“We’re incredibly proud of the scheme we’re running alongside Starbucks,” Sue Pittock, chief executive of Remit Group, said: “Not only have we taken on such a large amount of apprentices over the past four years, but our teams have helped train and develop those young people, advancing not just their skills and qualifications but also their confidence and career prospects. We look forward to supporting Starbucks to achieve their 2020 target and watching the careers of our apprentices build.”

Lisa Robbins, director of partner resources at Starbucks, added: “We are continually looking at ways in which they [employees and partners] can grow and progress within our business.”