McDonald’s has run its business in the UK since 1974 and currently operates just over 1,270 restaurants across the UK, employing over 115,000 people. It’s one of the largest employers of young people in the UK, with around 75,000 16-25 year olds currently employed.

Training and developing people has been at the heart of the business throughout its 43 years in the UK. Each year, the company invests over £40 million in training and personal development, ensuring that employees have every opportunity to achieve key qualifications, progress within a clear career path and earn as they learn.


School leaver opportunities

McDonald’s School Leaver programme lasts five years and gives students the opportunity to follow a structured training programme, which leads to valuable qualifications. At the end of it, participants will have gained loads of practical experience and progressed through different management roles. They will have helped make real business decisions and could even go on to manage their own restaurant.

There is a financial advantage, too. The School Leaver Management Degree Apprenticeship is a great opportunity to earn while you learn. You won’t have the tuition fees, or the student loan, but you will be paid a competitive salary that increases as you progress through the programme.

The programme initially leads to a level 3 apprenticeship. You then have the opportunity to gain a BA (hons) degree in business management and retail, and chartered manager status with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).



At McDonald’s we also offer a level 2 apprenticeship for those that are interested in joining us at Crew level.


Salary & benefits

Starting salary £16,000

You will also get a wide range of benefits, including holiday and sick pay, stakeholder pension and employee discount schemes.



104–112 UCAS points (A level grades BCC – BBC) or equivalent alternative qualifications.

GCSE grade C or 4 in English and Maths.