McDonald's offers McGCSE's with a side of fries
Burgers, milkshakes, fries, spotty youths, apple pies that could melt steel... all of these things you can find in a McDonald's. Now you can add to the list: a GCSE.
Yessir, teenagers who do work experience at the fast-food behemoth will be able to gain a qualification equivalent to a GCSE. No, honestly. The Golden Arches have worked with exam board Edexcel to develop a BTec certificate to recognise the skills gained. Is it a piece of paper that says: "I can do this work thing - I've tried it and I'm Lovin' It (TM)" with Hamburglar giving the thumbs up?
The BTec will require youngsters to complete a 10-day placement in a restaurant and complete work in school. A spokeswoman for the exam board said Edexcel had worked closely with McDonald's to develop the qualification and what any participant will get is a certificate equivalent to one GCSE at grade B or C.
This all comes on the back of yapping dimwits saying that schools, colleges and universities are failing to equip youngsters for the world of work. Nothing prepares you for the toil and drudgery of work. Unless you've met a jobsworth middle manager arsebasket, you'll never be ready. That said, Maccy D's is full of management isn't it?
David Fairhurst, personnel chief at McDonald's, said: "Whether people join McDonald's for two weeks' work experience or a full-time job, the aim is helping them build their confidence, gain transferable qualifications and fulfil their potential.
"Now, a placement will give young people on-the-job experience in a fast-paced business environment, a great set of all-round skills for any workplace, and a national qualification to increase their employability."
Heather Collier, director of the National Council for Work Experience, welcomed the qualification: "A formalised BTec would help them articulate and realise the skills they've learned. It will bring together the theory and practice of working."