Apprentices take away success

McDonalds' Tim Lamb with Nathan Bidwell

McDonalds' Tim Lamb with Nathan Bidwell - Credit: McDonalds

A TOTAL of 15 Weston employees have gained an apprenticeship qualification through McDonald’s.

McDonalds held the awards night at The Grove Bistro

McDonalds held the awards night at The Grove Bistro - Credit: McDonalds

Tim Lamb, who runs all four of the fast food chain’s branches in North Somerset, presented the awards at The Grove Bistro this week.

McDonald’s has been running its own educational scheme for four years and provides people with the chance to learn skills in customer service, teamwork and communications.

The qualification is the equivalent of five GCSEs and helps improve training for its employees.

Nathan Bidwell, age 19, said the course had given him better job prospects for the future.

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The Weston teenager said: “When I first started the apprenticeship I knew it would be good for my future career.

“Since then, I’ve been promoted to shift manager, learnt more about the business and how it operates, plus the skills I’ve learnt in hospitality will help me progress even further within the company.

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“One day I would like to become business manager or even work at McDonald’s headquarters and the course has helped me realise that these goals can be achieved.”

More than 13,000 people have completed the course across the UK since the scheme was started in 2009.

Mr Lamb said training people for the real business world and providing vocational qualifications would benefit all 15 workers in the long-term.

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