Supporting youth across Latin America
As the region’s largest employer of young people, Arcos Dorados, a McDonald’s Franchisee in Latin America is committed to supporting the social mobility of young people and offering formal employment opportunities to young people with little to no previous work experience. As part of our global goal, Arcos Dorados aims to reach 180,000 young people through a range of pre-employment skills training and development programs.
Investing in apprenticeships
The success of our initiative depends not only on helping young people access jobs but also on our significant and ongoing commitment to young people who join us, through training, education and development programs.
In Europe, McDonald’s, including participating Franchisees, have pledged to offer 43,000 apprenticeships by 2025 as one of the career development opportunities that young people can access. The apprenticeships combine workplace training and study, enabling people to gain practical work experience and new skills that will last a lifetime - all while earning money at the same time. These apprenticeships will be offered in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland, with the aim of expanding apprenticeships to other markets in the future. Through this pledge, McDonald’s is also joining the European Alliance for Apprenticeships to help promote and improve access to vocational training for young people.
In the U.S., we will grant $1 million to Skills for Chicagoland’s Future in support of a new apprenticeship program in partnership with City Colleges of Chicago. The program builds on City Colleges of Chicago’s mission to deliver exceptional learning opportunities and educational services for students. Kicking off in fall 2018, this pilot will enable 40 students to earn an Associate’s degree in Business Administration while working toward a restaurant management role. The grant will provide scholarships to pay for time spent in class by any student who is an employee of a Franchisee. As part of this initiative, we have also joined the Chicago Apprenticeship Network to continue best practice sharing with other companies that are committed to expanding professional advancement through apprenticeships.