Starbucks UK will be looking to tackle youth unemployment by creating 5,000 new jobs in the next five years throughout the UK.

The move will help to support the global coffee company’s plans to develop and expand its new drive-thru concept, for which it currently has nine outlets nationwide, with the first having opened in Cardiff in 2008. The new roles to be created over the next five years will support Starbuck UK’s aim to open up 200 drive-thru outlets during the same period of time.

Kris Engskov, managing director of Starbucks UK and Ireland, said: “Customers told us that they now expect the best possible coffee wherever they are and the success of our first drive-thru stores shows that this is a huge opportunity. It also means that we are able to create quality jobs at a time when they are most needed and because half of our baristas are under 24 years old, this will particularly benefit young job-seekers at a time of record youth unemployment.”

Around half of the drive-thrus will be operated under licence by petrol forecourt retailer Euro Garages, with many of these stores to be located in the Midlands and the north of England.

Zuber Issa, managing director of Euro Garages, said: “Our relationship with Starbucks has been a huge success to date. We’re delighted to be making such a positive announcement about our expansion together that will create new and exciting employment opportunities for so many people across our sites.”

Starbucks has found many new places to sell its coffee, including on trains and planes as well as in supermarkets and workplaces. In 2010, Starbucks opened 35 motorway stores with Welcome Break, serving seven million cups in the first year of operation.

The company has more than 700 stores in the UK, contributing to consistent sales growth during the last two years.