McDonald's to train 70,000 Olympic volunteers

09 July 2010
McDonald's to train 70,000 Olympic volunteers

McDonald's is set use its expertise in people development and customer service to train an army of 70,000 volunteers for the London 2010 Olympics.

The fast-food chain, which sponsors the event, was unveiled today as "presenting partner" of the Olympic and Paralympic Games' Games Maker programme.

Games makers will be a diverse team of volunteers who undertake two weeks' of unpaid work between 27 July and 12 August 2012, and again between 29 August and 9 September. McDonald's will use its 1,200 restaurants throughout the country to attract volunteers, as well as providing training staff, materials and facilities.

David Fairhurst, senior vice-president and chief people officer for McDonald's UK & Northern Europe said: "Our employees know a fair bit about working in a fast-paced, busy environment - providing quick and consistent customer service to over two million people each day.

"We'll use this experience, our long-term involvement in supporting volunteer football coaches, and our proven track record in people development, to provide the volunteers with the skills and confidence to deliver an outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Games that leaves an enduring volunteering legacy for years to come."

Each year McDonald's invests over £30m in training its 80,000-strong workforce, and won a Caterer Best Places to Work in Hospitality Award in 2008.

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