Starbucks is leading a coalition of employers in the US in a commitment to train or hire 100,000 young people who face “systemic barriers” to employment or training.

The scheme also includes Taco Bell and Potbelly Corp, as well as the foodservice operator HMS Host.

Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive of Starbucks, said: “By using our scale to create pathways to affordable education and meaningful employment for these young men and women, we’re strengthening both our workforce and our economy.

“As business leaders, I believe we have a critical role to play in hiring more Opportunity Youth and offering these young people excellent training and the chance to dream big and reach their aspirations.”