The announcement comes in the wake of increased criticism toward the brand in the ‘Fight for $15’ movement for higher wages for fast-food workers
In partnership with the International Youth Foundation, McDonald’s has announced a $2 million commitment to the development of job training programs for Chicago’s youth. The Chicago Tribune noted about half of the money will be allocated as grants to 4 local nonprofits and used for the creation of job readiness programs. The rest of the money will go to one of the aforementioned nonprofits, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, to support an apprenticeship program at City Colleges of Chicago aimed toward developing careers in restaurant management, specifically at McDonald’s.
McDonald’s executive VP and chief people officer David Fairhurst noted that while Chicago is the only U.S. city that will immediately benefit from the initiative, the program could be expanded to other cities in the future.
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