TORONTO — McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada has inked a new agreement with Colleges Ontario that will allow McDonald’s employees to receive credits towards a college business diploma — a first in the province.
The agreement will create a province-wide partnership with McDonald’s Canada to establish a prior-learning recognition system. McDonald’s managers, who have completed specific McDonald’s training, will be eligible for the equivalent of first-year credit for a business or business administration program at one of 24 public colleges in Ontario.
“McDonald’s and its independent franchisees are committed to providing opportunities for people to learn life skills that will set them up for success — skills such as leadership, communications, hospitality and profit management,” says Sharon Ramalho, chief people officer, McDonald’s Canada. “We’re so pleased to work with the colleges on this new program that not only recognizes the quality of McDonald’s training, but also empowers employees to apply the skills they’ve learned to reach their career and academic goals.”
The program allows eligible employees to directly enter a second-year business diploma or business administration advanced diploma program, effectively saving participants time and money (up to $4,500).
A similar program is currently offered in B.C. with the British Columbia Institute of Technology and the company is also exploring programs with other post-secondary institutions across the country.