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McDonald’s Philippines inks partnership with JobStart



McDonald’s Philippines inks partnership with JobStart

(From L-R) Filipinas Rosario Sampang, PESO Manager for Pasay; Narcisa Rivera,Senior Pogram Officer of the Embassy of Canada; Nelson Hornilla, DOLE-NCR Regional Director; Chona Torre, McDonald’s Philippines VP for Human Capital Group; Ronald McDonald, McDonald’s Chief Happiness Officer; Kelly Hattel, Financial Sector Specialist, Asian Development Bank; Robert Ramos, McDonald’s Philippines VP for Finance; Simon Fraser, JobStart Team Leader


More Filipino youth will benefit from skills training and wider employment opportunities with the recent Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing between McDonald's Philippines and JobStart Philippines, held last April 11, 2016, at McDonald’s Bluebay Walk, Pasay City.

JobStart is a program implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), with technical assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB), and funding from the Government of Canada. The program is implemented across local government units through the Public Employment Services Office (PESO).

McDonald’s Philippines VP for Human Capital Group Chona Torre signed on behalf of the quick service restaurant chain, while Team Lead Simon Fraser signed on behalf of JobStart. Also present during the signing was Nelson Hornilla, Regional Director for DOLE-NCR, Filipinas Rosario Sampang, Pasay City PESO Manager, Kelly Hattel, Financial Sector Specialist for ADB, Narcisa Rivera, Senior Program Officer from the Embassy of Canada.

“With close to forty thousand employees nationwide, McDonald’s remains committed to providing more opportunities for young Filipinos to further their careers. Through regular part-time and full time employment, world-class trainings, and programs like JobStart, we are able to provide our employees with skills that would enhance their development even beyond the walls of McDonald's," says Torre.

JobStart, the first program of its kind in Southeast Asia, aims to prepare young Filipinos for employment, providing them with career coaching, life skills, technical trainings, and internship opportunities with different employers from different industries.

With JobStart’s pilot program with McDonald’s, twenty-four out-of-school-youth will be given the opportunity to undergo technical trainings in different stores for three months. For the next three months thereafter, McDonald’s will be immersing trainees to more complex tasks, with the possibility of offering permanent employment opportunities to those who will exhibit exemplary performance. As the partnership with JobStart continues to be implemented and further developed, McDonald's is looking forward to welcoming more and more new trainees in more stores nationwide.