McDonald’s Karratha was awarded the title of Medium Employer of the Year at this year’s WA Training Awards, the State’s premier awards program for recognising high achievers in the vocational education and training sector.
McDonalds Karratha opened its doors on September 1997 but initially struggled with retaining staff and filling managerial positions as people moved to higher paid positions in the mining sector.
In response, the company brought back apprenticeships in 2016 with just two apprentices, and have not looked back since.
A total of 41 employees have passed through the WA apprenticeship system and the operation now has a staff of 80 and a remarkably low staff turnover rate.
The judging panel commended the fast food chain for their strong commitment to workforce equity and diversity and for providing various training pathways and a range of delivery models.