Rosie Winterton, MP for Doncaster Central, met with local McDonald’s franchisee Mark Clapham and members of his team to find out more about how the business operates locally and to discuss McDonald’s community activity.
The visit allowed Ms Winterton to meet staff at the restaurant and find out more about the opportunities that McDonald’s provides for career development, the nationally-recognised accredited qualifications offered while working, and flexible working arrangements available.
14 employees in Doncaster are currently enrolled on the McDonald’s Apprenticeship, which provides in-demand, job-specific skills in customer service, teamwork and communications.
Ms Winterton also learned about the company’s move to Freedom Food Pork. McDonald’s has become the UK’s second biggest buyer of Freedom Food pork from British farms which meet the RSPCA’s strict animal welfare standards.
Mark Clapham, who is the franchisee at five McDonald’s restaurants in Doncaster, and employs more than 300 people in the local area, said: “It was a great opportunity for my staff and I to meet our local MP and for her to find out about the opportunities for nationally-recognised qualifications and job progression that McDonald’s provides.
“As a franchised restaurant we are essentially a local business, and I’m very pleased we had the opportunity to show Rosie recent changes to our menu, our investment in our staff and our re-imaged restaurants.”
Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton said: “I was delighted to meet Mark and the team at McDonald’s and see for myself how people are gaining essential skills through the company’s apprenticeship scheme.”
Rosie added: “I hope other fast food outlets will follow McDonald’s lead and use responsibly sourced food form British farms.”