McDonald's 165 jobs are a boost for youth in Nottingham
MCDONALD'S is set to create 165 new jobs in Nottingham this year.
The fast-food chain made the announcement yesterday as mew figures showed 13,460 16-60-year-olds in the city are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance – 3,690 of them aged between 18 and 24.
Wayne Jenkins, 34, of Radford, welcomed the news. He has been looking for work for three weeks after completing several temporary contracts.
"This is fantastic," he said. "It's really hard to find work at the moment. There is just nothing out there.
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"A job at McDonald's isn't the best vacancy I could hope for, but a job's a job.
"As long as it pays my bills, I'll do it."
David Thompson, 24, of Mapperley, has been unemployed for a year and said he would jump at the chance to work at McDonald's.
"This is brilliant news for Nottingham.
"I would apply as soon as the jobs are there. I know McDonald's offers really flexible working hours, which is great."
Last year, 70 per cent of new positions at McDonald's were given to people under 21, which is why Trevor Tattersall, 42, of Aspley, was not so excited about the announced opportunities.
"I've been looking for work for a while and I've worked at McDonald's before, more than 20 years ago.
"I really enjoyed my work and the managers would work around the young people's schedules if they were going to college or university.
"But I would not want to go back. I'd feel out of place with all those young people."
McDonald's also offers all employees access to nationally-recognised qualifications. Staff have the opportunity to gain anything from certificates in maths and English to apprenticeships, while a foundation degree is offered to restaurant managers.
Jerry Nicholls, who owns five of the chain's restaurants across Nottingham, said: "In 2012, we added some fantastic crew from the local community to our team, many of whom were starting out in their first job and may otherwise not have had the opportunity to join the world of work.
"As a local employer, I believe it's important for all those who can, to continue giving young people, in particular, the chance to get workplace experience."
Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, also welcomed the announcement.
He said: "A highly-skilled workforce is an important part of any growing business. That's why I am pleased to see how McDonald's is providing training and apprenticeships in a range of skills."
To find out more about the job vacancies and training opportunities that McDonald's offers, or to download a prospectus, visit mcdonalds. co.uk/people.