Fast food restaurant chain McDonald’s is set to create 90 new jobs in Milton Keynes this year.
The multinational business employs 91,000 people across the country and wants to add 2,500 more to its headcount during 2013.
Seventeen-year-old Jessie Berkley from Milton Keynes joined the Xscape McDonald’s restaurant last year.
Jessie said: “I really struggled to find a job after I left school, and this led to me having low self-confidence. I was really happy that McDonald’s took me on, I really enjoy the job and it’s really helped to build my confidence.
“I’m currently training to be promoted to Crew Trainer, as well as being on the apprenticeship scheme. The scheme is a good opportunity for my future career and will hopefully help me to move up the ladder.”
The Xscape McDonalds is one of two franchises operated by Ken Tomkins, the other one being in Westcroft.
Mr Tomkins, who invested heavily in refurbishments at his two venues last year, said: “In 2012 we added some fantastic crew from the local community to our team, many of whom were starting out in their first job and may otherwise not have had the opportunity to join the world of work.
“As a local employer, I believe it’s important for all those who can, to continue giving young people in particular the chance to get workplace experience.
“I’m confident that in the year ahead there will be the same level of enthusiasm and talent from candidates in Milton Keynes, and I’m looking forward to employing even more young people in my restaurants.”
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “A highly-skilled workforce is an important part of any growing business. That’s why I am pleased to see how McDonald’s is providing training and apprenticeships in a range of skills.
“McDonald’s is also to be applauded for helping adult employees get qualifications in maths and English. Poor literacy and numeracy skills can hold people back in the workplace, which is why the government has doubled the funding for these core subjects.”
McDonald’s employees have the opportunity to gain a range of qualifications from adult certificates in Maths and English to apprenticeships and a Foundation Degree offered to restaurant managers.