Barnstaple fast food worker is one of the first to complete â€˜Hamburger Universityâ€™ foundation degree.
A BARNSTAPLE fast food worker has become one of the first people in the UK to have gained a foundation degree â€“ awarded by McDonaldâ€™s.
Bart Gasiorowski, who runs the Eastern Avenue restaurant, was awarded his Managing Business Operations certificate during an official graduation ceremony in Manchester.
Bart, 31, is one of 46 other McDonaldâ€™s restaurant managers across the country to complete the one-year course, which is accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University and was launched in 2010. It involved work-placed leaning as well as courses in Manchester and at McDonaldâ€™s â€˜Hamburger Universityâ€™ in London.
He said: â€œCompleting the foundation degree course has been hard work, but also an extremely enjoyable experience.
â€œHaving studied in Poland, I was eager to gain a good set of UK qualifications in an environment where I could get on the job training and support.
â€œEnglish isnâ€™t my first language so it hasnâ€™t been easy, but when I was walking up to collect my certificate at the graduation ceremony, it felt like all my hard work had paid off and it was a real sense of achievement.â€
Bart, originally from Poznan in central Poland, moved to the UK with his wife in 2005 and began working for McDonaldâ€™s as a dishwasher in the Minehead branch. He was promoted to restaurant manager moved to Little Torrington with his wife after transferring to Barnstaple last month.
â€œThe course has increased my understanding and awareness of business and time management and itâ€™s a qualification that I can take with me wherever I go,â€ he added.
Local McDonaldâ€™s franchisee David Hunt, said: â€œThereâ€™s no longer a need to decide between learning and earning and as such, Iâ€™m thrilled to be able to offer all my employees the chance to gain valuable qualifications.
â€œBart has set the bar high by gaining his foundation degree qualification and I know his hard work will inspire his colleagues to be ambitious when it comes to improving their skills and qualifications.â€
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