Fast food out­let com­mits to train­ing

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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.

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