McDonald’s new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme blends the company’s own in-house leadership development training and workplace experience with the latest retail business theory. In their roles working for McDonald’s, participants already manage busy restaurants, and the programme will help further develop their management knowledge and skillset.
The programme’s first intake of 23 degree apprentices recently attended Manchester Metropolitan University for their induction and week-long teaching block, meeting the academic team they will be working alongside and other McDonald’s colleagues from all over England.
The programme takes a holistic view of retail management, first focusing on the people that make businesses a success: employees, customers and stakeholders. As apprentices progress through the course they will explore themes such as operations management, finance and accounting, sales and marketing and project management.
McDonald’s UK Director of Talent & Learning, Richard Evans, commented: “We have always focused heavily on developing our people with an industry-leading training curriculum. Being able to offer a Degree Apprenticeship to our Restaurant Managers is a great extension on this.
“We’ve a long-term relationship with Manchester Met, achieving great success delivering Foundation Degrees for our Managers over eight years now. The next stage of our exciting journey together offers fantastic opportunities for our leaders of the future.”
The programme strengthens the relationship between the two organisations, which began working together when creating an accredited foundation degree programme in 2010; it now has more than 100 graduates.
Andrew Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Retail Operations and Programme Director at Manchester Met, said: “We are delighted to be working with McDonald’s on this new Degree Apprenticeship, which provides an immersive learning experience and supports their colleagues to thrive in this dynamic and fast-paced environment.
“We have been very impressed by the drive and enthusiasm the apprentices are already displaying and look forward to working with them over the next four years.”
The programme adds to a growing suite of tailored Management Degree Apprenticeships at Manchester Met, which have been designed to align to an individual employer’s own requirements.
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