Earn while you learn with a McDonalds apprenticeship

Earn while you learn with a McDonald's apprenticeship

Experience, education and a salary: with a McDonald’s apprenticeship, you can earn while you learn, and secure yourself a bright future career. Bringing together on-job training and it's training curriculum, McDonald's provides its apprentices with all the tools, training and support you need to become part of the next generation of outstanding McDonald’s managers.

If you’re interested in great experience, sponsored education and a competitive salary, find out more about an apprenticeship at McDonald's.

Gain skills and experience to last a lifetime

Throughout the programme, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of running a busy restaurant from managing accounts, to handling stock, to learning how to be an inspirational leader. Based at one of McDonald's restaurants, you’ll see first-hand how to get the best out of your team, and be given real managerial responsibility from the start – so you can start applying what you’ve learnt straightaway.

You’ll gain practical work experience and learn new skills that will last you a lifetime. These include planning and organisation, communication, confidence when dealing with customers, decision-making and team work.

Benefits include:

  • Nationally recognised qualifications
  • Build knowledge, skills & confidence
  • Greater understanding of hospitality
  • Support from expert trainers
  • Online resources
  • Learn while you earn
  • Career progression

How to apply

Step 1: Search jobs to apply now and search for your relevant postcode. Choose a position and fill in an online form (this takes about half an hour).

Step 2: If the McDonald's team likes what it reads, they'll invite you for an interview with its training partner, Lifetime Training, to assess your eligibility and suitability for the Apprenticeship Programme.

Step 3: If you match the criteria, McDonald's will invite you to the restaurant to try out working with the team and for an interview with the Manager.

Step 4: If all goes well, the company will offer you an apprenticeship.

Apprentice opportunities in Europe

McDonald’s joined the European Alliance for Apprenticeships to help improve access to vocational training for young people and pledged to offer 43,000 apprenticeships across Europe along with participating franchisees.  The apprenticeships combine workplace training and study, enabling people to gain practical work experience and new skills that will last a lifetime - all while earning money at the same time.  

Through these apprenticeships, young people can develop a range of business-critical skills including; planning and organisation, increasing sales and handling stock, customer service and decision making, developing talent, and being an inspirational leader. With the experience and support McDonald's offers, they can go on to become the next generation of business managers in McDonald’s restaurants or to successfully pursue a career outside McDonald’s. 

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Apprentice opportunities in the United States

McDonald's announced an impressive USD 1 million grant for Skills for Chicagoland’s Future in support of a new apprenticeship program in partnership with City Colleges of Chicago. 

The program builds on City Colleges of Chicago’s mission to deliver exceptional learning opportunities and educational services for students. It enables students to earn an Associate’s degree in Business Administration while working toward a restaurant management role. The grant provides scholarships to pay for time spent in class by any student who is an employee of a franchisee.

As part of this initiative, McDonald's also joined the Chicago Apprenticeship Network to continue best practice sharing with other companies that are committed to expanding professional advancement through apprenticeships. 

Hear from a management degree apprentice

Amber is a management degree apprentice at McDonald's.

"McDonald's is known for an amazing career path and an amazing training scheme and I'm thrown into the deep end and get to experience it all. I'll still get the university degree but I get all the on the floor training and support that way and I also didn't have to pay for it because the company does," she explains.

Hear out about Amber's experience as a McDonald's apprentice.

Find out about Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships

The McDonald's Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship supports personal ambitions and business performance at the world-famous restaurant chain. Hear from degree apprentices about their experiences and hopes for the future, as well as the team at McDonald's who has worked closely with Manchester Met to create a unique and innovative programme.

"When I learned that I could have the degree I wanted originally with a full-time salary and the support with blended learning, it was just phenomenal," says Louise Hughes. "I'm learning about managing people, leading the business, critical thinking, and how to better myself and others."

"I have a lot more understanding of the business and how to make a real difference to the restaurant," adds Afsana Khanom.

Learn more out more about McDonald's degree apprenticeships.

Kick start your career as a McDonald's apprentice

With thousands of restaurants across the world, McDonald's has the potential and scale to bring young people the opportunities they deserve through its apprenticeship programmes.

Search and apply for an apprentice opportunity at McDonald's.


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