HUMAN RESOURCES | Staff Reporter, UK

McDonald's UK doubles apprenticeship training opportunities in 2019

750 new programme spaces will be created.

McDonald’s UK has announced plans to provide more than £2 million worth of opportunities to new and current employees, utilising the apprenticeship levy. 

Opportunities will continue to be available to both new joiners and current employees looking to further develop through professional skills. According to the fast food giant, 80% of their apprentices are those already working for the organisation, aged from 16 to 58 years old.

"Together with our franchisees, we’ve offered apprenticeships for more than 12 years, but what is key is ensuring that what we offer continues to evolve to suit the needs of our business, new recruits and our existing people; and that we reward them accordingly," McDonald’s UK Chief People Officer Harriet Hounsell said.

The announcement follows the company's pledge in summer 2018 that they will employ 43,000 apprentices in Europe by 2025.

McDonald's opportunities include business manager degree apprenticeships with Manchester Met University, culminating in a BA in business management, and partnerships with Lifetime Training, Babcock International and Arch.

All apprentices are paid a ‘work-equivalent salary’ or respective hourly rate to the job they are doing, rather than the £3.80 an hour apprentice rate of pay.

McDonald’s currently operates over 1,270 restaurants across the UK.

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