McDonald’s in Southall is supporting Education Business Services International’s pre-apprenticeship programme, which is aimed at young adults in Ealing aged 16-18 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET.
[pullquote]I am pleased to be able to support a positive initiative which aims to develop and create opportunities for vulnerable young people in the local community.[/pullquote]
The pre-apprenticeship programme, to be hosted at the recently launched state-of-the-art staff training centre at McDonald’s Southall, will provide training to prepare participants for work experience placements and to secure an apprenticeship, which is full-time employment linked to a National Vocational Qualification. During the sessions, young adults will gain essential employability skills including time management, CV preparation and interview skills. In addition, they will undertake short work experience and taster sessions with employers.
The training elements of the programme, which will last a maximum of six months, will be delivered to small groups of no more than eight learners, giving significant opportunity for participants to enjoy one-to-one support and tuition. All participants will be allocated a key worker, who will act as their mentor, liaising with and on behalf of the learner, parents and carers, employers and other organisations and stakeholders.
Once participants complete the pre-apprenticeship programme, they will undertake a supported apprenticeship and will continue to be supported by a mentor for the first 26 weeks of the apprenticeship. This extended support is designed to ensure that there is no casual drop-out at this stage.
Atul Pathak, Franchisee for McDonald’s restaurants in Ealing said: “I am pleased to be able to support a positive initiative which aims to develop and create opportunities for vulnerable young people in the local community. I’ve seen first-hand the many benefits of apprenticeships, through my 21 employees that have successfully completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship in multi-skilled hospitality. Providing soft skills as well as technical knowledge will provide a valuable foundation for the young people engaged in this programme.”