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McDonald’s kick-starts young careers through apprenticeships in Europe

November 5, 2018

McDonald’s is proud to be celebrating European Vocational Skills Week by promoting the critical business skills people can gain through an apprenticeship. Earlier this year, McDonald’s joined the European Alliance for Apprenticeships to help improve access to vocational training for young people and pledged to offer 43,000 apprenticeships across Europe by 2025 along with participating franchisees.  

In Europe 16.8 percent of the population between 15-24 years are unemployed and too many young people face barriers to entry into the workplace, unable to take advantage of employer-based education and training opportunities that exist. With 8,200 McDonald’s restaurants across Europe, we have the potential and the scale to help bridge this opportunity gap. 

Along with participating franchisees, McDonald’s will offer the 43,000 apprenticeships in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland, with the aim of expanding apprenticeships to other countries in the future. The apprenticeships combine workplace training and study, enabling people to gain practical work experience and new skills that will last a lifetime - all while earning money at the same time.  

Through these apprenticeships, young people can develop a range of business-critical skills including; planning and organisation, increasing sales and handling stock, customer service and decision making, developing talent, and being an inspirational leader. With the experience and support we offer, they can go on to become the next generation of business managers in McDonald’s restaurants or to successfully pursue a career outside McDonald’s. 

We’re proud of our strong track-record in offering apprenticeships in Europe. This year, McDonald’s in Germany celebrates the 20th anniversary of its apprenticeship program, and in the UK more than 18,500 qualified apprentices have come through the year-long training program since 2006. Along with the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, we want to continue to show what large businesses like ours can do to give young people the opportunities they deserve, and to influence positive change at scale.

Our pledge to the European Alliance for Apprenticeships is part of our Youth Opportunity initiative, with a global goal to reduce barriers to employment for two-million young people by 2025. Learn more about our initiative here.  

We’re also investing in apprenticeships in the U.S.

We will grant $1 million to Skills for Chicagoland’s Future in support of a new apprenticeship program in partnership with City Colleges of Chicago. The program builds on City Colleges of Chicago’s mission to deliver exceptional learning opportunities and educational services for students. Kicking off in fall 2018, this pilot will enable 40 students to earn an Associate’s degree in Business Administration while working toward a restaurant management role. The grant will provide scholarships to pay for time spent in class by any student who is an employee of a franchisee. As part of this initiative, we have also joined the Chicago Apprenticeship Network to continue best practice sharing with other companies that are committed to expanding professional advancement through apprenticeships.