Our commitment to education reinforces our ongoing support of the people who play a crucial role in our journey to build a better McDonald’s. By offering restaurant employees more opportunities to further their education and pursue their career aspirations, we are helping them find their full potential, whether that’s at McDonald’s or elsewhere.
young people are not employed or in education
Around the world, too many young people are finding that, through no fault of their own, there are barriers to entry into the workplace. Almost 1 in 4 young people are not in employment, education, or training, dramatically impacting skills development, earning capacity, long-term employability, and well being.
With 64 million young people unemployed worldwide, the youth employment challenge is vast. In the U.S., our workforce is facing a seismic shift – one that requires all business owners to take a fresh look at employee training and development. Employers, especially those often providing someone with their first work experience, play a critical role in training and preparing young people for a successful future.
McDonald’s and its franchisees understand that upskilling employees will not only support their own business needs but it also helps provide every generation with the opportunity for long-term career success. Archways to Opportunity, which began in 2015, gives employees at participating U.S. restaurants an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront college tuition assistance, access free education advising services, and learn English as a second language.
This program, though partnerships with accredited colleges and training programs, has awarded over $42 million in high school and college tuition assistance to more than 22,000 employees, and in total has increased access to education for more than 33,000 people.
Access to Education is Paramount
McDonald’s understands the importance of an employer supporting the education journey of its employees, no matter where they are in that journey, or where that journey may take them.
They also recognize the important role that they – and their independent franchisees – play as a first-job employer. As such, they adopt the responsibility to provide significant value to those restaurant employees by helping them prepare for future opportunities, which they know may mean leaving the McDonald’s family.
Their approach is to meet employees where they are, with a flexible program that offers the options restaurant employees are looking for to continue their individualized path to achievement.
people now with a greater access to education
graduates from the english under the arches program
more than 425
Graduates of the career online high school program
With restaurants all across the country, McDonald’s biggest challenge was raising awareness about the opportunity.
As many employers involved in a franchise model can understand, spreading awareness about new opportunities to all corners of the community can be challenging and takes time. With locations in 101 countries, and more than 36,000 restaurants around the world serving 69 million people every day, it has been a journey for the company to communicate the availability of Archways to Opportunity as an added benefit to Franchisees and restaurant employees.
Though it can be a challenge, McDonald’s knows that the effort is well worth it. Take Sal Napoli, a McDonald’s franchise owner/operator from the Northeast, who recently wrote to tell McDonald’s Corporation how much he values the Archways to Opportunity program. He shared that the program is helping him to both recruit and retain exceptional talent in his 56 McDonald’s restaurants and that 46% of his employees participating in the program this year are repeat participants.
Trusted Education Partners
DePaul, Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America, Colorado Technical University, Excelsior College, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, the Career Online High School