One-day national restaurant hiring blitz welcomes young people and
offers thousands of jobs
TORONTO, April 8, 2013 /CNW/ - With youth unemployment almost double the
Canadian average*, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada and its franchisees
are doing their part to help by hiring more than 6,000 people during
its third-annual National Hiring Day on April 11.
National Hiring Day is a one-day hiring blitz held at participating
McDonald's locations across the country where job-seekers are invited
to apply in person for one of the more than 6,000 available positions
(6,000 crew and 100 managers). Applications will be taken at
participating restaurants and interested candidates will be able to
learn about local restaurant career opportunities and possibly even be
interviewed on the spot by a member of the restaurant management team.
Those unable to apply in-person can go to www.worksforme.ca to submit their applications.
Since 2011, McDonald's has hired close to 10,000 people across the
country through the one-day event. This year, McDonald's will hire
almost one thousand more employees than last year's National Hiring
Day, and two thousand more than 2011. The company is also focusing on
reaching young people searching for their first job.
McDonald's is one of Canada's largest employers of youth. Approximately
65 per cent of McDonald's crew, including those hired on National
Hiring Days, are between 15 and 24 years old. Teenagers make up the
largest employee demographic representing approximately 42 per cent of
the company workforce.
From Humble Beginnings to Great Success at McDonald's: Even The
President Used to Flip Burgers
McDonald's can be the start of a challenging and rewarding career. In an
era when staying with one company is rarely seen, McDonald's Canada has
a long history of building bright futures for young people from the
ground up. Ninety per cent of restaurant managers and 50 per cent of
franchisees began as entry-level crew members. More than 65 per cent of
corporate staff began as crew members, including McDonald's Canada
President and CEO John Betts who started behind the counter 40 years
"I know first-hand what it's like to start your first job working in the
kitchen at McDonald's. That's how I got my start. It's where I learned
about teamwork and the importance of listening to customers' needs,"
says Betts. "I regularly speak to students at colleges and
universities, and I often share my story of how I went from crew to
boardroom because I want young people to know they can find real
opportunities to learn, grow and develop at McDonald's. I take great
pride in the fact that this company offers young people their first job
opportunity. We set them up on the path to success whether they stay
with us for a year or, like me, an entire career."
McDonald's Ranks Among Canada's 50 Best Employers
McDonald's has been consistently ranked among Canada's 50 Best Employers, with a recognized culture that fosters positivity, fun, and real
engagement for employees. It offers world-class professional training
and development that help give employees important life skills, such as
teamwork and time management, competitive wages, comprehensive benefits
and flexible schedules. McDonald's is also known for supporting its
employees in many other ways. More than $2 million in employee
scholarships have been awarded at McDonald's since 1985.
"There is a reason we have developed a deserved reputation as one of
Canada's top employers," says Len Jillard, Chief People Officer,
McDonald's Canada. "Just like our President, I also began as crew at
McDonald's and can personally attest to the fact that we are fully
committed to hiring young people and nurturing their success in life
and in our organization. In a market where youth unemployment rates
are nearly double the Canadian average, we are hiring thousands of part
and full-time positions. It's a fantastic opportunity especially for
young people and at the same time, we're positively benefiting the
overall economy by hiring thousands of new employees."
Further Proof of Commitment to Youth: New Partnership with Junior
As part of its ongoing commitment to the future of Canadian youth,
McDonald's Canada recently announced a partnership with the largest
youth business education organization in Canada, Junior Achievement
(JA). JA has inspired and prepared over four million students to
succeed in the last 58 years by educating youth about career
opportunities, business skills and entrepreneurship. McDonald's Canada will be working with local restaurants and franchisees
to coordinate JA training programs and other activities that will help
prepare youth in Canada for a successful career. The purpose of the
program is to provide young people with career advice and training
support in a real-life environment from a real employer of youth.
About McDonald's Canada
McDonald's is the leading foodservice company in the world. McDonald's
Restaurants of Canada Limited and its Canadian franchisees own and
operate more than 1,400 restaurants and employ more than 80,000
Canadians coast-to-coast. Approximately 80 per cent of McDonald's
Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent
entrepreneurs. For more information about McDonald's Canada, visit www.mcdonalds.ca or follow us on Twitter (@McD_Canada and Facebook Facebook.com/McDonaldscanada) for updates on our business, promotions and menu items.
*Statistics Source: Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada as of March 2013 (released April 5, 2013): The National unemployment rate as of March 2013 is 7.2%. Among youths
aged 15 to 24, unemployment was 14.2%. The full report is available here.
SOURCE: McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited
For further information:
For more information or interview requests with Len Jillard, please contact:
McDonald's Media Relations
Link here to watch our video about National Hiring Day.