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McDonald's provides its employees a possibility for a degree in Haaga-Helia

12.07.2019
McDonald's provides its employees a possibility for a degree in Haaga-Helia

McDonald's Finland supports education opportunities for its employees and will launch an education program aiming at a degree together with Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in autumn 2019.

McDonald's offers its employees the opportunity to complete a degree at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. McDonald's and Haaga-Helia have customized a pathway leading to a degree in hospitality management, which combines previously acquired expertise and education specifically designed for the company group. The program starts in autumn 2019.

The program is primarily aimed at restaurant managers and assistant restaurant managers, as well as senior advisors in administration with a background in a McDonald's restaurant. This is because some of the qualification requirements for the degree are met with previously acquired managerial knowledge of restaurants.

“With this program, we want to offer our employees the opportunity to combine work and studies so that they support each other in the best possible way. The aim of the program is to increase the participant’s professional skills and to broaden their perspective of the business,” says Maarit Latvala, Human Resources Director at McDonald.

McDonald's and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences piloted the program in 2015, and it received positive feedback. 23 students completed the pilot.

“We have developed the program further together, based on the previous implementation. The content has been advanced in areas such as digitality and responsibility, as well as for learning that happens at the workplace. At Haaga-Helia, we are very pleased to be able to cooperate with McDonald’s again,” says Timo Moilanen, of Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.

A maximum of 30 students can be enrolled at once. The education program includes areas related to e.g. business competence and entrepreneurship, development of services and sales, as well as strategic management and communication. The program lasts for approximately two years and takes place alongside work. Haaga-Helia is the largest educator for the hotel, restaurant and tourism trade in Finland.
McDonald's employs around 2,800 people around Finland. The average age of its restaurant workers is about 22 years. The remuneration for work is subject to a collective agreement.