Teen hungry for employment lands Pathway to Mcdonald's
KYLE Sandow was one of the many unemployed youth in the Rockhampton region until he got his head start by landing a position in the Pathways to McDonald's program.
The fast-food giant has teamed up with M.E.T solutions to create the program which offers seven indigenous and six non-indigenous youth positions throughout the four McDonald's restaurants in the Rockhampton and Gracemere region.
Kyle, 19, was among the lucky 13 to land a spot and could not be happier about the outcome.
He said not only did the program help him land a job but it also helped him to gain a better understanding of what employers looked for when they hired employees.
"I learnt a lot, not just about McDonald's but also how organisations work and jobs in general," Kyle said.
The pathways program consists of three stages including a 10-day training program which explored career opportunities, a seven-day classroom based training which focused on skill development and a further four-day in store vocational placement.
Kyle said the program prepared the participants for the job and gave them the best chance possible to succeed in the workplace.
"We completed four units of hospitality and learnt about the policies and procedures and customer service in general," he said.
The pathways program was developed to ensure the company hired the right people for the job while working towards closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous employment.
Kyle said previous employers wouldn't hire him due to his lack of experience and believes he would still be unemployed if he didn't participate in the program.
Kyle said they don't focus on your experience, instead it's your attitude towards work along with your willingness to work instead of your experience.
"I am very glad I did this program.
"I can honestly say I would still be looking for a job if it was not for this program but now I'm a crew member who works in front of house."