McDonald's to create around 20 new jobs

AROUND 20 new jobs are to be created in Barnstaple as the result of a nationwide initiative by the McDonald's restaurant chain. Up to 6,000 jobs could be filled by the long term unemployed as a result of the scheme being run in conjunction with Job Centr

AROUND 20 new jobs are to be created in Barnstaple as the result of a nationwide initiative by the McDonald's restaurant chain.Up to 6,000 jobs could be filled by the long term unemployed as a result of the scheme being run in conjunction with Job Centres.The news coincides with results of research done by Leeds Metropolitan University which says McDonald's is making a significant contribution to advancing social mobility. Job Centre candidates are given the opportunity of a work trial with McDonald's as part of the recruitment process.David Hunt, the local McDonald's franchisee, said: "Our approach to recruitment has long been about qualities, not qualifications and our training provides a balance between on-the-job skills development as well as nationally recognised GCSE and A-level equivalent qualifications."We employ people, not CVs and we help them to be the best they want to be by providing a broad range of opportunities. Every day I see employees in my restaurants taking advantage of what's on offer to them with both hands. It can change their lives significantly and that's brilliant to see, whether they stay at McDonald's or take their skills to the wider workforce."Andrew Mowat, aged 18, from Barnstaple, said: "I started working at McDonald's as a crew member at the age of 16."I started out thinking the job would be short term, especially as my family and friends were quite critical of my choice of job."Since then I have been promoted to shift running manager and this quick progression has changed my view of the job completely."I'm in a management role at 18 and one of the only ones in my circle of friends who is earning a salary.


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