A FAST-FOOD restaurant is working hard to help buck the rising unemployment trend in Solihull.
McDonalds is extending a regional pilot scheme with job centres to help create more jobs in the area and nationwide.
Up to 6,000 job vacancies could be filled this year, with around 15 new opportunities in the borough.
The nationwide scheme with Job Centres is a demonstration of McDonald’s commitment to providing opportunities for the advancement of the social mobility of employees.
Within the scheme, Job Centre candidates are given the opportunity of an onsite work trial at a McDonald’s restaurant, as part of their recruitment process.
It gives candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their personal qualities in action when, in different circumstances, they might not be considered for employment on the strength of their CV or an interview with other employers.
McDonalds is hoping to find more workers like Richard Taplin who is now area manager of five restaurants in the area after starting as a part-time worker in 1991.
“When I look back from where I started, I’m proud of how far I’ve progressed in my career and personally. McDonald’s has given me so many opportunities that I never would have thought possible.”
Doug Wright, a local franchisee for four McDonalds in the area, 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.”