At McDonald's UK almost 100,000 people work in our restaurants. Everyone who works with us has the opportunity to gain a wide range of nationally recognised qualifications.
We want to employ people who have the ability to stand out from the crowd and deliver great customer service. We hire people based on their qualities, not their qualifications.
At McDonald’s we also believe in soft skills such as team work and time management. We believe these skills serve our people well, wherever their path takes them.
Training and career progression
McDonald’s is one of the largest employers of young people and a job at McDonald’s is often the first step into the world of work. Our people progress quickly and stay with us because we offer flexible, rewarding work with a tried and tested career ladder.
Unfortunately though there is still some snobbery toward jobs at McDonald’s. See if these facts change your mind:
Facts about jobs at McDonald’s
We invest over £43 million in training our staff each year and the opportunity to gain a wide range of nationally recognised qualifications to help them get on in life and progress in their careers at McDonald’s and beyond
Since 2006, over 63,000 qualifications have been achieved by our people, including 21,795 Maths and English qualifications
17,540 Apprentices have qualified with an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering and a further 3,400 employees are currently studying towards one
Over 10,500 employees have achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Shift Management that is equivalent to an A level
We launched a Foundation Degree in 2010 and since then there have been 146 graduates of the ‘Foundation Degree in Managing Business Operations’ programme since 2010, with a further 25 Business Managers and Franchisee Supervisors currently studying
One third of our people who join us aged 16 or 17 remain with us for five years to pursue a career
9 out of 10 of our restaurant managers started out as restaurant crew behind the counter or in the kitchen
As a restaurant manager, you could find yourself responsible for about 80 staff and running a restaurant with an average turnover of over £2.3 million per year You can be your own boss at McDonald’s – 1 in 5 franchisees started as crew and now own their own restaurants
Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to work for
McDonald’s UK is proud to be recognised as a great place to work by lots of employment experts. Many of these ask our employees for their views before they award us these accolades.
We are one of The Sunday Times ’25 Best Big Companies’ to work for – the fifth year we have featured in the list.
We have also been recognised as a ‘Great Place to Work’, ‘Top Employer’, ‘Most Admired Company’ ‘Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer’ and ‘Times Top Graduate Employers’.
If you want to hear first-hand about how more about career progression at McDonald’s why not read Mark O’Reilly’s story from apprentice to shift manager.
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