McDonald's offers McGCSE's with a side of fries

12 March 2010

ronald 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."



  • PaulH
    To be fair it is a good idea...
  • David
    What a pile of McShit, pointless non transferable qualification
  • Nobby
    That's great. But will companies recognise it as a useful qualification? If they want to get a decent job, probably not. If they want to work in the fast food industry, yes.
  • Jim
    I suppose it's a good idea, and the best post I've read on Bitterwallet for some time. Is a bit scary though - McDonalds getting into education. We do seem to be progressing steadily towards the bigger corporations being involved in every single aspect of our lives.
  • Rolly
    Trouble is, this will never be taken seriously. No matter how they try to innovate with the education system the news media is always full of idiots saying "GSCES/A levels/Degrees" are getting 'easier'. I wonder why they can never accept that teaching standards are improving and kids are getting brighter.
  • Morocco
    This is nothing new. Tim Westwood was "born through an anus and educated at McDonalds" and now "speaks as if he belongs to a crack-dealing street gang from the south side of New York". This is actual fact as I read it on Uncyclopedia.
  • lidds
    SO i worked for two years to get a GCSE and now it takes 10 days what a load of crap
  • Rolly
    lidds - if you read it properly it says they have to "complete a 10 day placement and complete work in school" - so its not just 10 days.
  • Mark M.
    Why do schools have to prepare kids for work; surely that is the employers' responsibility? It is called CPD! Plus, jobs change so quickly that what they learn will be out of date by the time they enter the labour market. Look at diplomas and functional skills - they are hardly the most inspiring courses
  • Stewie G.
    Does 'complete work' mean advertise for mcdonalds in school?
  • Anon
    Probably find putting all children to work for 10 days in a McDonalds will help encourage them to work harder on their GCSE's at school anyway.....
  • The B.
    I guess that's Gordon Brown trying to appease that upper end of the Labour voting spectrum then, the rest are happy as long as they get their benefits.
  • Mark P.
    Fair enough. Soon we will all be clowns.
  • Mo
    LOL this is old mcdonalds offer GCSE's to staff too and managers get A levels and store managers get a foundation degree
  • Please B.
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