Youth Opportunity: McDonald’s global initiative to remove barriers to employment for two million young people

In 2018, McDonald’s set a global goal to reduce barriers to employment for two-million young people by 2025, through pre-employment job readiness training, employment opportunities and workplace development programs. In addition to providing job opportunities that young people need to kick start their career, the company and participating Franchisees are expanding existing training and education programs to go beyond those they hire. In partnership with local community organizations and the International Youth Foundation (IYF), McDonald’s is rolling out a new pre-employment job readiness training program designed to help young people develop the competencies employers are looking for in entry-level employees.

Entity

McDonald's Corporation Private sector

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Financial and/or in-kind contribution

Partners

  • International Youth Foundation (IYF)

    Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

description

McDonald’s aims to reduce barriers to employment for two-million young people by 2025. As part of this goal, McDonald’s is piloting a pre-employment job-readiness training program in Chicago, with the goal of reducing barriers to employment for 4,000 young people in the city, before rolling it out to select cities in the U.S. from 2019. This initiative will be rolled out from 2019 to participating global markets through locally-relevant training programs and partners.

McDonald’s is bringing together four trusted community organizations – After School Matters, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, Phalanx Family Services and Central States SER – that will pair relevant skills training programs with a customized version of IYF’s Passport to Success curriculum. The training is designed to help young people develop the competencies employers are looking for in entry-level employees.

Participants will learn valuable soft skills such as self-awareness and management, communication skills, problem solving and conflict management. In addition to being considered for job opportunities at company-owned and franchisee restaurants, graduates from the training will have the chance to pursue opportunities with potential employers across a variety of industries like healthcare, supply chain logistics and IT.

The company and participating franchisees will also provide job opportunities that young people need to kick-start their career. Employees can go on to access training, education and leadership development programs, including Archways to Opportunity, an education program that provides eligible employees an opportunity to complete an apprenticeship, receive college tuition assistance and learn English as a second language.

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Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 2,000,000 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills

    8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    A pre-employment job-readiness training program to help young people develop the competencies employers are looking for in entry-level employees, and job opportunities at McDonald’s and participating Franchisee restaurants where young people can develop soft skills, like teamwork and communication, and access hospitality experience and training and education programs.

    BY: Dec 2025

Start

22-Aug-2018

End

31-Dec-2025

2,000,000

young people to benefit directly from this commitment

Target: Only young people 15-19, 20-24

Primarily:
  • Young people in urban areas
  • Young women
  • Young men
  • Low-income individuals
  • Young people with low levels of education and/or drop-outs

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