Committed to its goal of uplifting the lives of Filipino communities across the country, McDonald's Philippines strengthens its partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES).
McDonald's Philippines and DOLE made their partnership official in March 2012, following Republic Act Nos. 7323 and 9547's call to encourage students to pursue their education through employment.
During the press conference held last April 17 at McDonald's Jones Branch, DOLE and McDonald's representatives discussed the progress of SPES and its success rate in Cebu, key criteria for hiring and screening, and day-to-day training programs that SPES studetns undergo with McDonald's.
In Cebu, close to 100 students have undergone the program, twenty-two of which are now undergoing training to be regular employees of McDonald's due to their excellent performance.
Bernie Alcala, 23 and Kimberly Fuentes, 17 are one of the twenty-two students who are on their way to becoming a regular employee of McDonald's Philippines. They said that they are very thankful for the experience and the chance the food chain has given to them.
"I'm really happy that there is something (a program) like this that can help people like me go to school. Thank you to McDonald's" said Alcala.
"Thanks to McDonald's I have become and independent lady. I fund my education and help my parents at the same time." said Fuentes.
The success of the program drives McDonald's to hire over 300 grantees more this year to be done in three batches starting March to December.
Each student will be working for 52 days, earning the salary that can help support their education. Their responsibilities include maintaining the cleanliness of restaurant areas, proper preparation of beverages and desserts, and providing assistance to local store marketing team during events held at McDonald's Cebu branches.
To those who are interested in applying for SPES, approach a crew at your nearest McDonald's food chain.