Food chain reveals plans for fast growth

Mark Nutall pictured with Hartlepool Matna Mc Donalds staff Cheryl Aspinall, Lucy Lilley, Alice Auton and Jessica Horsfield.

Mark Nutall pictured with Hartlepool Matna Mc Donalds staff Cheryl Aspinall, Lucy Lilley, Alice Auton and Jessica Horsfield.

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A RESTAURANT chain is planning a jobs boost for Hartlepool thanks to its fast-growing business.

McDonald’s has already taken on 50 people this year in the branches operated by franchisee Mark Nuttall.

Mark Nutall pictured with Hartlepool Marina Mc Donalds staff(left to right) Lucy Lilley, Cheryl Aspinall, Jessica Horsfield and Alice Auton.

Mark Nutall pictured with Hartlepool Marina Mc Donalds staff(left to right) Lucy Lilley, Cheryl Aspinall, Jessica Horsfield and Alice Auton.

But it is planning to add another 30 staff across its outlets in the Hartlepool area.

On top of that, the chain has already invested more than £1m in re-imaging and expanding the Hartlepool Marina branch.

Mr Nuttall said: “Where possible, we are keen to build on the work we are doing with our apprenticeship scheme as we are seeing some fantastic results.”

But Mr Nuttall explained how McDonald’s was offering more than just jobs to people who join the team.

He said every newcomer gets the chance to join educational courses to learn everything from BTEC literacy skills to apprenticeships.

Mr Nuttall said: “We are looking for people that will develop and go further, not just come in and do the same thing day in and day out.

“We are looking for people who want to better themselves through career opportunities.

“The opportunities for management are there.”

Mr Nuttall himself joined in 2008 and worked his way up by learning the business from its dining area and kitchen to management roles.

“There is an expectation that you are involved in the business,” said Mr Nuttall.

Investments in technology and play facilities have already been made and Mr Nuttall added: “It makes sense to invest in Hartlepool.

“We have bought equipment to make the business more efficient, faster and for the customer experience.

“This business is growing generally and it is growing in Hartlepool.

“McDonald’s is taking on 2,500 people across the board in 2013. Our aim is to grow.”

He said the company wanted to offer training and apprenticeships as part of its careers. “We want to provide an opportunity for further education.”

He said 14 people were on apprentices in his franchise area this year, and added: “We are pro-actively looking for more.”

Anyone interested in applying for jobs in the Hartlepool franchise area should visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk and click on “people” or apply in writing to recruitment manager Heather Chapman, McDonald’s, Marina Way, Hartlepool, TS24 0XR.