By Marcus Leach
McDonald’s UK has today (Tuesday) announced it is creating at least 2,500 new jobs across the UK this year. This will take McDonald’s UK workforce to 90,000.
The announcement will be welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who will visit McDonald’s UK training centre in East Finchley, London this morning.
As part of McDonald’s commitment to supporting young people, an estimated 30% of the new jobs will go to first-time workers, helping them gain a valuable first foothold in the world of work. More than half of the 2,500 jobs are expected to go to young people under the age of 25.
The new jobs build on the 13,500 jobs McDonald’s has created over the last three years and come as a result of a continued period of sustained investment and growth driven by:
· New restaurants and extended opening hours
· Major restaurant refurbishment programme and roll-out of new technology
· Constant menu innovation and new menu options
"It is fantastic news that McDonald's is creating 2,500 new jobs in the UK - and that over half of these posts will go to young people," Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said.
"McDonald's has an excellent reputation for developing its staff with training and apprenticeship programmes. This invests valuable time and resources to help young people, with little or no experience in the world of work, to develop their skills and confidence.
"In the end, that gives young people a terrific opportunity to move up within the company, or use their experience and training to move into other jobs. It’s a telling fact that half of McDonald’s current board have progressed from the shop floor to the top floor, having started their careers serving customers in the restaurant.”
The Deputy Prime Minister will attend a scheduled training course for restaurant managers and meet a number of crew members, many of whom are completing nationally recognised qualifications like apprenticeships while they work. For a significant number of these young people, their jobs at McDonald’s are the first step in their careers.
Prime Minister David Cameron also praised the news, stating, “I am delighted to welcome McDonald's announcement of new jobs. McDonald’s has a great record in investing in the UK and providing excellent training, apprenticeships and opportunities for its staff.”
Jill McDonald, CEO, McDonald’s UK, said “Despite these difficult economic conditions our continued emphasis on good quality food at affordable prices and improving the experience for our customers and our people, has meant that we are able to continue to invest in the business and create jobs.
“Today’s job market is particularly tough for young people so it remains vital that these jobs continue to offer great training programmes that teach the valued, transferable skills that will give them a solid footing on the career ladder and help them to progress their careers with us or other employers.”
McDonald’s has awarded almost 35,000 qualifications from maths and English certificates to Foundation Degrees in the past five years. It will build on this figure significantly in 2012 to support the growing number of employees who choose to study whilst working at McDonald’s.
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