BUSINESSES in Portsmouth are being urged to offer more training programmes for young people.
The call has been made by McDonald’s franchisee Grant Copper, who has just handed 16 young people certificates for passing their apprenticeships.
He joined Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt and Fareham MP Mark Hoban at a ceremony to honour the young people at his restaurant in North End.
The McDonald’s apprenticeship scheme provides skills in customer service, teamwork and communications, and was set up in 2009.
Mr Copper said: ‘Vocational qualifications are more relevant than ever before as they provide people with the opportunity to continue gaining qualifications at the same time as working in a relevant employment sector.
‘I’m proud to be able to offer local people this type of opportunity in the form of our apprenticeship programme and believe it’s important for more businesses to invest in such training opportunities. Giving people the chance to learn and earn means I can attract the very best people.’
It is equivalent to getting five GCSEs, and sits in the middle of what the fast-food chain calls its ‘learning ladder’, which ranges from work experience to a foundation degree in managing business operations.
One of the Portsmouth employees to qualify was 18-year-old Emily Dennis, who urged others to do the course.
She said: ‘The scheme has improved my hospitality and organisational skills, all of which will help me to begin advancing my position to crew trainer in the near future. It has also been great to be able to add another qualification to my CV following my A-levels and while working.’