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The awarding status was given by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and will mean that the in-house qualification restaurant managers' gain at McDonald's will count towards other academic qualifications such as vocational diplomas. McDonald's was one of three companies to be awarded this status by the exam regulator.

'Receiving official awarding body status is an important step for McDonald's 67,000 employees,' says David Fairhurst, McDonald's Chief People Officer and Senior Vice President. 'It is testimony to the strength of the training systems and standards at McDonald's. We're delighted and excited to be in the Vanguard of employers with the power to accredit their own qualifications.

'As a progressive employer, it is a natural extension to the qualifications we already offer. Our 67,000 staff can already study towards nationally recognised Level 1 and 2 basic skills qualifications in accredited exam centre restaurants.

'Our employees tell us they want the chance to do more formal learning and we're responding to that. From this January, we are proud to be piloting our own externally recognised qualifications for our management training.

'This will increase staff competence as well as confidence, leading to higher levels of quality, service and cleanliness for our customers - a central aim of our business. We aim to provide the most comprehensive training in the sector, so that we continue to attract and retain highly motivated and committed employees.'


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