Coast & Country’s New Directions programme, which is part of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) funded by the European Social Fund, is working in partnership with fast food giant McDonalds to offer employment opportunities for  local unemployed people.

McDonalds has 40 vacancies at its brand-new outlet in Skelton, which is due to open in October, and is the first in East Cleveland, and has teamed up with Coast & Country after being impressed with the service provided at an afternoon “Talent Tea” event by trainees who had undertaken one of New Direction’s regular hospitality courses.

The courses aim to ensure attendees have the skills required by the area’s hospitality employers.

The New Directions team is working in collaboration with Job Centre Plus to ensure that local people can access the jobs, which are full-time, fully-flexible, open to all ages and include roles for crew members and customer care assistants.

New Directions is holding an information event for anyone interested in the vacancies on Friday 22ndSeptember at 10.00am – 12pm in Skelton, contact Johanna Watts on johanna_watts@cchousing.org.uk to book as places are going fast.

Johanna Watts, YEI Employer Engagement Officer at Coast & Country, said:   “We’re delighted to have this opportunity to work with McDonalds to give 40 people the opportunity to work for one of the country’s best-known names, which was voted number six of The Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for.

“McDonalds was very impressed by the trainees and loved the concept behind New Directions and our Youth Employment Initiative. They were very interested in the social value of what we do and pledged to work with us to fill the positions at the new Skelton restaurant.

“It’s crucial to invest in creating opportunities for young people as they are so vitally important to the future development of the region’s economy and to work with McDonalds is very rewarding for the New Directions team.  I am sure there will be huge interest in these vacancies.”

Leanne Norman, Business Manager of McDonald’s said:   “We are looking forward to working in partnership with Johanna Watts from Coast & Country’s New Directions programme and Job Centre Plus. We were so impressed with the trainees from the talent afternoon tea event and loved the whole concept behind the initiative programme.

“We have 40+ new job vacancies available currently for our new Skelton restaurant, which we are excited to announce that we plan to open on October 18th.

“It is fantastic that we can support the local community and provide job opportunities for the local unemployed people.”

Coast & Country’s ‘New Directions’ initiative offers young people aged 15 to 29 advice and guidance to improve their skills to help get them into work, training or education.

Participants receive one-to-one support from a qualified careers advisor to enable them to take advantage of the opportunities available. This is tailored to the individual, giving them confidence to achieve their goals.