HUMAN RESOURCES | Staff Reporter, Australia

Find out how many Aussies have worked for McDonald's since 1971

The number is equivalent to more than 5% of the current Australian population.

Around 1.3 million Aussies have worked for McDonald's since entering the country in 1971, the company has revealed.

The majority of those who have worked with the fast food giant in Australia have been young people under the age of 25.

“At Macca’s, we’re so proud to be able to offer so many young Australians what is often their first job. We take that responsibility very seriously and believe it is our privilege to provide them with the foundations to build skills for life, setting them up for future success," McDonald’s Australia Chief People Officer Jennifer St Ledger said.

McDonald's also offers courses through their intranet and face-to-face training at the Charlie Bell School of Management, Hamburger University and training centres across the country.

"We’ve been a Registered Training Organisation for over 20 years, so many of these courses provide our people with externally recognised qualifications that are not just relevant to their progression at McDonald’s, but to other career paths in the business, retail, food service or hospitality sectors,” St Ledger added.

In a recently commissioned research, McDonald’s Australia consulted current restaurant crew, parents of current crew and alumni, to assess how successfully they are preparing their
employees for their future careers. Findings showed that almost 95% of current employees believe McDonald’s is teaching them "useful life skills and skills that will be valuable in the future."

Almost 90% current employees also believe McDonald’s is setting them up for success, whilst four out of five alumni felt working at the chain was a "great way" to enter the workforce.

“As employers are looking more and more for candidates with exceptional soft skills, on top of technical skills, we are adapting our training to ensure our restaurant employees are being given what they need to be successful. We are constantly reviewing and adapting our training to ensure we are delivering on our commitment to help equip those working for us with the foundations for a great career, wherever that may be,” St Ledger concluded. 

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