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A Bideford mum has become one of the first McDonald’s employees in the country to complete a new apprenticeship scheme that enables staff to study while they work.

Sophia Rossiter, aged 23, works at the Roundswell McDonald’s restaurant in Barnstaple and has just finished a McDonald’s Apprenticeship to give her a nationally recognised NVQ Level 2 in multi skilled hospitality, math and English equivalents and key skills.

She completed the course in just over a year and the range of skills she gained has allowed her to train to become a shift running manager at the restaurant.

The flexible working hours also enabled Sophia, who has a three-year-old daughter, to fit her studies around her young family.

“The scheme was just what I need in my life and came at the right time,” she said.

“It was a great way to learn and gain qualifications whilst I earned and was very flexible, which was perfect for me as a busy mum.”

Local franchisee David Hunt added: “I’ve seen firsthand how much the apprenticeship scheme can help improve crew members’ confidence and pride to do the job well.”

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