We are thrilled to announce that McDonald’s has chosen Youth Employment UK to be their UK partner to support their global Youth Opportunity commitment to reduce barriers to employment for two million young people worldwide by 2025.
In 2018, McDonald’s became the first catering and hospitality employer to achieve the Gold Standard Youth Friendly Employer Award and the McDonald’s employer profile has already been visited by thousands of young people on the Youth Employment UK Careers Hub. This announcement takes the partnership to a new level and sees two of the UK’s leading organisations committed to supporting the skills development of young people, working together to make a significant impact on youth unemployment levels in the UK.
The three year strategic partnership includes the introduction of a McDonald’s Youth Opportunity Ambassador Programme, a new My McDonald’s Careers space with free skills development resources for all young people, a refreshed McDonald’s work experience programme and investment in Youth Employment UK’s Young Professional programme.
Nikki Remmer Head of Reputation and Culture , McDonald’s said: “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Youth Employment UK to further our commitment to creating opportunities for young people. We employ thousands of young people in a range of roles in our business – and whether they work for us in a part-time capacity while studying, or choose to stay and progress in the long-term – we are committed to supporting, investing in them and helping them learn new skills. As part of our award-winning training and development programmes we have developed materials which we believe can benefit all young people, not just those that work for us, so we’re delighted to be able to provide this as a resource for all.”
Laura-Jane Rawlings, CEO of Youth Employment UK said: “I am delighted that Youth Employment UK has been chosen to be McDonald’s Youth Opportunity partner in the UK. We know McDonald’s is a great and committed employer for young people and this global focus amplifies their wider commitment beyond employees and into communities. This relationship will create a new way for corporates to work with social enterprises such as Youth Employment UK, whose expertise, innovation and reach combined with government relations offers true CSR value.”