400 apprentices graduated from the McDonald’s Vocational Apprenticeship Programme
PUNCAK ALAM, 20 September 2022 – McDonald’s Malaysia today celebrated over 400 youths who have successfully completed their training under the McDonald’s Vocational Apprenticeship Programme. The convocation ceremony, which is the third to be hosted by McDonald’s Malaysia, was held at a ceremony in Dewan DK500 located at the UiTM Cawangan Selangor, Puncak Alam Campus.
“The McDonald’s Vocational Apprenticeship Programme is an important programme for us, as it provides the youth opportunities to learn lifelong skills, fulfil their potential and climb the career ladder within the food service industry. What matters most is that they are able to embrace the McDonald’s culture that emphasises quality in all aspects of the business,” said Dato’ Azmir Jaafar, Managing Director and Local Operating Partner, McDonald’s Malaysia.
“As McDonald’s Malaysia expands its footprint in the country, it is essential for us to raise the standards of human capital development and foster new talent among the youth. This is our ongoing commitment to support the national agenda of producing a highly skilled workforce,” added Dato’ Azmir.
The McDonald’s Vocational Apprenticeship Programme is an 18-month industry-oriented training programme which combines 70 percent of practical training in McDonald’s restaurants and 30 percent of theoretical lessons in the classroom. This programme is a collaboration between McDonald’s Malaysia and the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia (MoHR) under the National Dual Training System (NDTS) introduced by the Ministry.
Upon completion of this programme, graduates are awarded the Malaysian Skills Certificate Level 3 (SKM) accredited by MoHR and will be qualified for employment at McDonald’s restaurants or anywhere else within the food service industry in the country.
Since 2018, McDonald’s Vocational Apprenticeship Programme has enabled more than 3,500 youths from various backgrounds to gain experience and employment in the hospitality and/or food & beverage industry.
Youths participating in this programme are fully sponsored by McDonald’s Malaysia, which includes a monthly allowance, accommodation, medical and insurance benefits, as well as free meals.
As part of McDonald’s Malaysia’s Vision 2026, the organisation will be investing a total of RM1.35 billion over the next five years to open 205 new restaurants – bringing the total up to 500 restaurants in Malaysia. With this expansion, the company expects to offer more than 50,000 career opportunities for Malaysians by 2026, including 15,000 new apprentices under the McDonald’s Vocational Apprenticeship Programme.
With currently 15,000 employees across the country, McDonald’s Malaysia always prioritises talent and skills development among its workforces. In addition to the McDonald’s Vocational Apprenticeship Programme, the quick service restaurant has also introduced other talent development initiatives such as the McDonald’s Management Apprenticeship Programme, Internship Programme, and a partnership with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for the university’s MBA programme.
McDonald’s Malaysia will also be investing a total of RM300 million in training and development programmes by 2026.
For those interested to join McDonald’s Vocational Apprenticeship Programme, please visit https://www.maukerja.my/mcd/