Staff celebrates learning success

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PETERHEAD McDonald’s employee Lynne O’Neil has been celebrating after receiving her Maths and English qualifications as part of the McDonald’s Apprenticeship programme.

And with last week being Adult Learners’ Week, a week which celebrates learning and learners in all their diversity, it tied in nicely with Lynne’s celebrations.

McDonald’s offers a framework of qualifications to its staff so that they can not only learn and earn in tougher economic times but can choose to study at a stage in their life when it’s convenient for them.

Shift Manager Lynne O’Neil, 44, explains first hand the impact her qualification is having on her confidence and career: “I was keen to take part because of the additional qualifications it has added to my CV, and the opportunity for me to refresh my knowledge of those important skills. As well as refreshing my existing knowledge of Maths and English I also enjoyed the challenge of learning again later on in life.

“It’s great that people like me are given the opportunity to further their education at any age and the programme is flexible enough to work around my everyday life.”

In terms of her future, Lynne says: “Since completing my Maths and English qualifications I certainly feel more confident to take on further responsibility in the work place. I have enjoyed learning and been lucky enough to continue earning at the same time making it a rewarding experience.”

Nationally recognised and City and Guild’s accredited, Apprenticeships provide employees with transferable skills they can use in their role at McDonald’s and in their future career.

Local McDonald’s franchisee, Geoff Cooper said: “Events like Adult Learners’ Week can have a huge impact in inspiring people of all ages back into learning, and I’ve seen firsthand the benefits this brings. I’m passionate about creating opportunities for my people and many of my employees are already studying towards nationally-recognised qualifications from Apprenticeships to Foundation Degrees.

“Learning at work, not only boosts employee skills but also their confidence, which makes a big difference to the customer service they deliver. It increases their motivation and means they stay with us for longer.”