McDonald’s funds degree for West Yorkshire crew member and more

Kristina Smith

A McDonald’s manager fro Leeds is one of 18 who graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management Professional in Retail.

McDonald’s has partnered with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) since 2010 to deliver Level 6 Degree Apprenticeships to its salaried managers.

The McDonald’s Degree Apprenticeship works alongside the brand’s Management Development Programme to offer salaried managers the opportunity to develop their leadership, operational and strategic knowledge, gain an undergraduate degree and achieve an accredited CMI apprenticeship – all fully-funded by McDonald’s.

MMU’s graduation ceremony was held at Bridgewater Hall, with the cohort of McDonald’s Apprentices graduating alongside other MMU students from companies such as BBC, Barclays Bank and IBM.

Kristina Smith, one of the graduates who is now working as Shift Leader at Colton Mill McDonald’s restaurant, said: When I first heard about the degree apprenticeship I was so grateful it was something McDonalds and its franchisees offer, it’s not often employers offer fully funded university degrees. It was amazing to be able to gain a degree whilst being a full time working mum of two.

After a career of 12 years with McDonalds I’m so happy to be graduating. I started my career at 19 years old at McDonalds and it has seen me grow. It has not only provided me with an education but so many skills. Manchester Met University and the team who work for Anne Wainwright’s business, Ronnie’s, have been great and fully supported me along the way.”

Anne Wainwright, who owns and operates seven McDonald’s restaurants across West Yorkshire, said: “It’s vital that all my employees feel able to pursue their ambitions and we’re delighted to have been able to offer the flexibility Kristina needed to study and complete her undergraduate degree. It was amazing to be part of his journey and I hope to see more of our people take advantage of the learning and development McDonald’s has to offer. The team and I, at Ronnie’s, are hugely proud of all that Kristina and the other graduates on the programme have achieved.”

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