29 Apr '16, 8pm

Starbucks and Changing Lanes Create Path for South Africans | Starbucks Newsroom

For Victor Ntshitshongo, leading a coffee tasting at the Linbro Park Starbucks store for a group that included Starbucks chairman and chief executive officer Howard Schultz, was another in a series of transformative moments he’s experienced this year. Born and raised in Alexandra Township, with widespread unemployment, the 21-year-old Johannesburg native is among the first trainees to complete Changing Lanes . The five-day program was developed by Taste Holdings and the nonprofit Khulisa Social Solutions to prepare unemployed South Africans for the workplace and help them find jobs. Out of a working-age population of 38 million, 22 million South African citizens haven’t completed high school and eight million are jobless. Ntshitshongo faced those daunting employment statistics when he finished school, but Changing Lanes brought him to Starbucks, where he’s become one of th...

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