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Fast food giant McDonald's is to give staff the chance to take up an apprenticeship in running a burger bar. Apprenticeships for burger staff The firm said it aims to offer the training scheme … Read More
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[mod] 8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Fast food giant McDonald's is to give staff the chance to take up an apprenticeship in running a burger bar.

Apprenticeships for burger staff

The firm said it aims to offer the training scheme to up to 6,000 members of its 72,000-strong workforce this year, and up to 10,000 each year from 2010.

It comes exactly a year after McDonald's won Government approval to become an exam board, offering employees a "basic shift managers" course, equivalent to A-level standard, which was later dubbed a "Mc-qualification."

The new apprenticeship course, accredited by City & Guilds, will give staff a nationally recognised qualification the equivalent to five GCSEs grades A*-C, and makes the company the UK's largest apprenticeships provider.

Ofsted inspectors will visit McDonald's outlets to check that standards are being upheld under their new wider remit, introduced in April 2007, which covers further education.

The apprenticeship - a Level 2 qualification in Multi-Skilled hospitality - has already been piloted in 80 restaurants across the country, and is now being rolled out to all 1,200 premises.

David Fairhurst, senior vice president and chief people officer of McDonald's UK said that in the current economic climate it is "more important than ever" for companies to invest in their staff.

He said the apprenticeship would cover everything from the technical skills required to do the job, leadership and team working, maths skills such as handling money and figures, handling customers and communication as well as nutrition and the environment.

Mr Fairhurst said that he envisaged the apprenticeship would take between six and 12 months to complete, and had been met with a positive reaction from staff.

As well as the apprenticeship and the basic shift management course, which has been taken up by 3,000 people, the firm offers access to nationally recognised GCSE-equivalent qualifications in Maths and English, and management development programmes.
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banned#1
In B4 Dean
#2
Good idea, improve the prospects of staff members who're unlikely to work outside of the fast-food industry, good for them.
#3
Good idea :thumbsup:

They are doing something right as my Maccy D's are never empty :whistling:
#4
An apprentiship tossing burgers lol
#5
Broxy
An apprentiship tossing burgers lol


I think theres more important things that tossing burgers involved!! :whistling:

He said the apprenticeship would cover everything from the technical skills required to do the job, leadership and team working, maths skills such as handling money and figures, handling customers and communication as well as nutrition and the environment.
#6
mc qualification


oh how i laffed....
#7
Will they give fries with that?
#8
Great idea! Personal development is crucial no matter the industry you work in.

Everybody has to start somewhere and with a structure in place like this, it will open more doors to people with the determination and work ethics to make a success of their career.

Good on McDonalds!
#9
Broxy
An apprentiship tossing burgers lol


Typical comment from the You-Know-Whats :roll:
#10
i know there will be a hint of snobiness ITT, from certain members, but i think its a really good idea i dont see what the problem is with people who work in mcdonalds, i really dont

good on mcdonalds giving these people a chance at this, at least the staff are not indoors watching jeremy flaming kyle sitting on backsides getting handouts left right and centre without a hint of even looking for a job!
#11
For McDs it's some good publicity and I'm sure they can use it as a way to retain staff, but I would worry that this is something of a ersatz offer. It gives an opportunity for education for some that may not otherwise have it, but overall the quality of that education may be low. It may be too specific to their existing job, for example, and there may be too little time for reflection on learning given the constraints in the way it is going to be delivered.

Employees may therefore work hard to get a qualification that has little value outside of the fast food industry, whereas if they were to return to college to do GCSEs they may find that they have many more opportunities.
#12
Paidia
For McDs it's some good publicity and I'm sure they can use it as a way to retain staff, but I would worry that this is something of a ersatz offer. It gives an opportunity for education for some that may not otherwise have it, but overall the quality of that education may be low. It may be too specific to their existing job, for example, and there may be too little time for reflection on learning given the constraints in the way it is going to be delivered.

Employees may therefore work hard to get a qualification that has little value outside of the fast food industry, whereas if they were to return to college to do GCSEs they may find that they have many more opportunities.


leadership and team working,
maths skills such as handling money and figures
handling customers and communication

I figure that no matter what you do for a job - your going to have to use at least one of those. Good on McD's for doing this - I know the company I work for don't give two hoots about training.
#13
I don't really want to knock this too much, but I'm a little cynical about the quality of 'leadership' and 'communication' education that such a programme might produce. So this might be just nice rhetoric, rather than a good way to educate our workforce. It gets McD PR and diverts criticism away from complaints about their low wages and casualised workforce and it may even save them money because it will improve retention.

But obviously they might be given some credit for this investment even if we can be cynical about their motives and the quality of the course. And of course more generally I would (and do) advise companies about the importance of staff education. Widening participation in education is good, but this just might not be a good way to do it.
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ODB_69;3980093
In B4 Dean

+1

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