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McDonald’s student from Arklow receives scholarship

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Arklow student Klaudia Kalinowska has been awarded a prize as part of the McDonald’s Scholarship Programme. The awards were presented by the Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen, TD, at an event in Dublin’s Croke Park on October 6th.  The 2016 Scholarship theme was ‘Making a difference in your McDonald’s Community.’

Klaudia was one of fifteen McDonald’s employees from restaurants around the country who were presented with their awards. The McDonald’s Scholarship Programme is an initiative which celebrates the hard work and dedication of McDonald’s employees, who are completing college and further education studies. Klaudia, who works at McDonald’s Arklow, under Owner Operator Amir Afsar, is studying Accounting at Carlow Institute of Technology.

Speaking at the awards, Minister Breen, TD, commented: “McDonald’s Ireland is a significant employer in Ireland with 5,000 employees across its 90 restaurants in Ireland.  I welcome the company’s commitment to ongoing training and education, which is commendable.  There is no downside for companies investing in their staff and I would encourage other companies to follow this lead. I wish McDonalds and their employees continued success.” 

 Alison Hodgson, Director of HR at McDonald’s Ireland added: McDonald’s is proud to offer jobs that fit around our employees.  These opportunities, along with industry training and qualifications, help  to take people further in their career with McDonald’s or beyond.  You don’t need a degree to work at McDonald’s but you can earn one while you work with us.”

 Each winning employee receives €1,000 towards their education costs. Winners in the past have used the scholarship to cover course fees, travel costs, text books and supplies to aid study such as laptops.

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