7000 off dole in McDonald's deal

7000 off dole in McDonald's deal

It has been learnt that a McJobs combo deal with the aim to provide about 7000 jobs to those in who are out of jobs due to recession, has been signed between Work and Income and McDonald's.

Nearly 7000 staff will be recruited and trained through Work and Income over the next five years to work at McDonald's under this deal. 
 
Patricia Reade, Work and Income chief, said that the jobs include restaurant work as well as some higher positions in a planned three-year "career pathway" that includes qualifications in service and hospitality.
 
The agreement was announced by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett during a select committee meeting at Parliament yesterday. For over the next five years, the agreement will provide up to 7000 unemployed for the fast-food chain's restaurant expansion plans. 
 
Bennett informed that an innovative approach has been taken by Work and Income in order to find work for the 2700 people a week now signing on for the dole.
 
She added that about 1600 people were being placed a week in jobs by the company, leaving a weekly increase in beneficiary numbers of 1100.

Bennett continued that unemployment was rising more sharply than in previous recessions and was having a "major impact" on the economy.
 

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