VALUABLE EXPERIENCE: McDonald’s Springfield Lakes owner Lisa Mackintosh with her staff members.
VALUABLE EXPERIENCE: McDonald’s Springfield Lakes owner Lisa Mackintosh with her staff members. Inga Williams

McDonald's giving teens taste of work

TWO McDonald's restaurants in Springfield are helping young job seekers gain employment by hiring almost 100 people in a matter of months.

A total of 80 new staff have been added to the payroll since December and, if sales keep climbing, there is the opportunity for 20 more positions to be made available in the coming weeks.

Springfield Lakes McDonald's licensee Lisa Mackintosh said the perception of working at Maccas had radically changed over the years.

"The changes that the restaurant has made in the past few years has meant that Maccas is suddenly a cool place to work," she said.

"When I am hiring people, I hire a wide range of young and old people, from high school students who have just got their first job to uni students who are still studying and those who are older who are simply looking for a change.

"Everybody who I have hired has loved working at Maccas. Many of them said they did not realise the job opportunities that can come from working in a company like this.

"Many of these young people I have hired are now progressing up to the role of team leaders and many of them will most likely go on to becoming managers."

Mrs Mackintosh said the demand for jobs in the area was "incredible".

"When I advertise a job, I could have 20 to 30 resumes within an hour or two," she said.

"I am really happy to give people a go. I am really fortunate that I can give these people all the training that they need for the various roles.

"So far I have been very impressed with the people who have inquired about the jobs and those that I have hired. There are so many great schools in the area and the kids' attitudes reflect that."

The surge in the number of staff has greatly been attributed to the McDonald's Create your Taste campaign, which is seeing record numbers of customers walking in the doors and using the drive-through.

If sales continue to go well, Mrs Mackintosh could soon be advertising another 20 or so new jobs in August.

Chef Brody Grasso is one of the young team members who loves his new role.

The 15-year-old has worked on the counters before moving to the grill.

Brody said he was grateful for the opportunity.

"I have really enjoyed working at McDonald's and it has inspired me to work as a chef when I am older."



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