We now want to make an even bigger positive impact in our communities, by opening doors to jobs, dismantling barriers and ensuring our team from restaurants to boardroom is inclusive and as diverse as our communities.

 

Opening doors to jobs

Our commitment and goals

We will help our communities gain new skills and open doors through training, work experience and equal employment opportunities.

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Our communities need the skills and talents of every one of us – whatever our background. We understand that not everyone has the same start in life, so we’ve set a goal of helping one million people into training, jobs or new opportunities by 2030. To us, that’s not just a number. That’s one million lives that we can help to change for the better.

Helping 1 million people into training, jobs or new opportunities.

As we work towards our goal, we will provide support with ‘Get Job Ready’ resources – helping individuals develop employability skills. We’ll also launch a restaurant work experience programme. 

Giving young people confidence and skills

We are supporting our local communities by providing a youth worker in every restaurant, making a difference to young people by giving them confidence and skills. Our careers work in schools also opens up possibilities for pupils.

Through our presence in towns and cities across the UK and Ireland, we have always sought to help people access opportunities and make the most of their potential. We’ve done that by providing flexible working, £43million worth of training and helping young people get on through apprenticeships, and dedicated careers advice in partnership with Youth Employment UK. Our new Plan for Change means we will do even more.

A young restaurant worker is smiling whilst on shift.
A young restaurant worker is smiling whilst on shift.

Expanding our apprenticeship programme

Our programme has already given over 19,000 people a flying start to their careers since 2006. We’re now expanding it and ensuring that, as with all our employment opportunities, our apprentices will be representative of the communities in which we serve.

Our focus on great people extends to our supply chain as well. We work with over 23,000 British and Irish farmers, helping them through our Farm Forward programme to build sustainable businesses, for themselves and for the planet. It’s not just about people who are already farmers either. By 2030, we will kick-start over 100 careers in food and farming for young people from diverse backgrounds through our McDonald’s Young Talent programme.

A young restaurant worker is smiling whilst on shift.
A young restaurant worker is smiling whilst on shift.

Expanding our apprenticeship programme

Our programme has already given over 19,000 people a flying start to their careers since 2006. We’re now expanding it and ensuring that, as with all our employment opportunities, our apprentices will be representative of the communities in which we serve.

Our focus on great people extends to our supply chain as well. We work with over 23,000 British and Irish farmers, helping them through our Farm Forward programme to build sustainable businesses, for themselves and for the planet. It’s not just about people who are already farmers either. By 2030, we will kick-start over 100 careers in food and farming for young people from diverse backgrounds through our McDonald’s Young Talent programme.

The people behind our plan

“The McDonald’s Apprenticeship programme was an amazing opportunity given to me. After leaving school and going full time in work, I didn’t think gaining a qualification would be an easy task. However, with the help of my trainer and McDonald’s mentor, I was able to balance my workload, work full time and gain two qualifications.”

Sean, Shift Manager, Glasgow

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Picture of McDonald's shift manager Sean.

“The McDonald’s Apprenticeship programme was an amazing opportunity given to me. After leaving school and going full time in work, I didn’t think gaining a qualification would be an easy task. However, with the help of my trainer and McDonald’s mentor, I was able to balance my workload, work full time and gain two qualifications.”

Sean, Shift Manager, Glasgow

Picture of McDonald's shift manager Sean.
Picture of McDonald's shift manager Sean.

Inclusive and diverse

Our commitment and goals

From our senior leaders to our restaurant teams, we will reflect the diverse communities we are part of and stand up for individuality and equality.

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We’re really proud of the McDonald’s family which welcomes everyone. We stand up against prejudice, exclusion and social and economic inequality. We champion individuality and fair treatment in access, opportunity and advancement for all. From our restaurants to our senior leaders, we are committed to reflect the diverse communities we serve, across our business. We will use our unique position to support people to succeed and grow with us – whatever their background. 

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Picture of a smiling business manager.

90% of our Business Managers began in our restaurants

A third of our senior leaders and 90% of our Business Managers began their careers in junior roles within our restaurants. So they know just where a McDonald’s start can take you.

By 2030, our goal is that 40% of all corporate leadership roles are held by those who are from underrepresented groups – whether racial or ethnic, sexual diversity and gender identity, socio-economically disadvantaged, or physical and mental disability.

We are also asking our suppliers to join us on this mission, by signing a mutual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitment. By using our influence beyond our own business, we are helping to break down barriers to opportunity.

Picture of a smiling business manager.
Picture of a smiling business manager.

90% of our Business Managers began in our restaurants

A third of our senior leaders and 90% of our Business Managers began their careers in junior roles within our restaurants. So they know just where a McDonald’s start can take you.

By 2030, our goal is that 40% of all corporate leadership roles are held by those who are from underrepresented groups – whether racial or ethnic, sexual diversity and gender identity, socio-economically disadvantaged, or physical and mental disability.

We are also asking our suppliers to join us on this mission, by signing a mutual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitment. By using our influence beyond our own business, we are helping to break down barriers to opportunity.

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The people behind our plan

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Picture of assistant manager Afsana.

"I really love the variety of people you meet. I’ve learned a lot of skills on the job, but I do find communication is the most essential skill. As an Assistant Manager, it’s so important to understand what’s going on in the restaurant or how people feel.”

Afsana, Assistant Manager, London

Picture of assistant manager Afsana.
Picture of assistant manager Afsana.

"I really love the variety of people you meet. I’ve learned a lot of skills on the job, but I do find communication is the most essential skill. As an Assistant Manager, it’s so important to understand what’s going on in the restaurant or how people feel.”

Afsana, Assistant Manager, London

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Orange graphic with pictures of potatoes, staff, burgers and restaurants in shapes.

 

Our long-term goals in full

See the details behind our Plan.

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Orange graphic with pictures of potatoes, staff, burgers and restaurants in shapes.

 

Our long-term goals in full

See the details behind our Plan.