The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is visiting the McDonald’s UK training centre in East Finchley today and will welcome their announcement of 2,500 new jobs.
This will take McDonald’s workforce to 90,000 and half of the new 2,500 places are expected to go to under 25s with 30% going to first time workers.
This builds on the 13,500 new jobs that McDonald’s has created over the last three years as a result, it says, of new restaurants and opening hours, restaurant refurbishments, the use of new technology as well as new menu options and innovations.
Nick Clegg said "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. 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.”
Nick Clegg will be attending a scheduled restaurant manager’s training course at the centre and meet will meet crew members who are completing nationally recognised qualifications including apprenticeships. Over the last five years McDonald’s has awarded some 35,000 qualifications to its employees, from mathematics and English certificates to foundation degrees.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, commenting on the jobs announcement said “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.”
The CEO of McDonald’s UK, Jill McDonald, 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.”