Fast food outlet commits to training
McDonald’s Karratha is backing the Pilbara community by training local staff.
McDonald’s Karratha owner and operator Clayton McIntosh has been pivotal in encouraging young people to complete traineeships while employed at the store, increasing their skills, confidence and experience moving into the future.
“I believe that towns up here, regional towns, need to become more of a training centre and educational centre for kids, so that they can learn and grow and develop,” he said.
Mr McIntosh said completing a traineeship while at McDonald’s could be a worthwhile opportunity for young people to develop longterm skills and practical experience, as well as gaining a re-cognised qualification. Apprenticeship Support Australia Industry training consultant Josh Stronach has worked closely with Mr McIntosh to support the training of 20 trainees during 2016 and 2017.
Mr Stronach said the high-class training program at McDonald’s Karratha encouraged successful completion by the trainees.
“Trainees have a structured environment that supports them to complete their training program,” he said.
“It’s creating a pathway for McDonald’s workers to be able to achieve further qualifications.”
McIntosh said the result was increased productivity in the workplace.
Apprenticeship Support Australia’s campaign Let’s get the Pilbara Working Again aims to promote apprenticeships and traineeships in the Pilbara region. “Traineeships are a really good pathway, particularly for small to medium business, to retain their staff,” Mr Stronach said.
“It shows that the business is committed to their employees.”
McDonald’s Karratha has applied for the WA Training Awards 2017 which recognise, reward and celebrate the successes of WA’s VET sector.