Earlier this week McDonalds came to Think Employment to offer work trials to a group of our job-hungry learners.
A number of people were put forward for the McDonalds work trial after completing our Customer Service and Hospitality pre-employment training. During these one-week courses, they each received new skills, knowledge and qualifications to help them find work in their chosen sectors.
As part of our service to help learners upskill and re-enter the workplace, the link with McDonalds was set up to offer people the chance to gain employment with the major local employer who are always recruiting across their Leeds-based outlets.
Joyce Whitley, McDonald’s People and Recruitment Manager, delivered the laid-back session at Think Employment’s training centre at St David’s and provided the potential candidates with lots of useful information about working for McDonalds and answer any burning questions.
Speaking about why McDonald’s like to run sessions like this and offer work trials, Joyce said:
“If we can get one or two people in employment through a work trial, then that’s one or two people we don’t have to go and find to fill our in-store positions.
“And if any of the people I’ve met today are offered a trial with us, it’s up to them to provide us with a good first impression and hopefully become one of our new employees.”
Think Employment’s National Sales Manager Andrew Massow, who cultivated a link between the two organisations along with Learner Support Consultant Sabrina Leathley, ran the event at St David’s and was really positive about the session and hinted it might be first of many.
“Events like these are really great for our learners, because McDonalds are a brilliant local employer who can offer people job opportunities across Leeds.
“But it’s also important for Think Employment as well because we want to work with local employers to help them with their recruitment needs.”
Overall, we felt that Joyce was impressed with all of the potential candidates we put forward for the work trials and are hopeful that several of the learners will not only get a trial but also gain employment with the fast food giants.
When asked about her impression of Think Employment, Joyce said “I hadn’t heard of Think Employment until you approached us but I’ve been impressed with the organisation of this session and the learning environment here as well.”
Fingers crossed that means that Think Employment and McDonalds will be partnering up for more events like this in future – increasing people’s chances of finding local employment.