McDonald’s recently announced that it is increasing its investment in employees’ education, including the opportunity to learn English as a second language.
McDonald’s will be investing $150 million in its “Archways to Opportunity” global education program, which includes the “English Under The Arches” (“EUA”) language learning program specifically designed for its managers and manager trainees.
McDonald’s first developed EUA through a series of pilots in 2007, and in recent years the company has found that in order to continue helping some employees take on more responsibilities, it must help them improve their English language skills. The EUA program currently operates in over 30 sites around the country and is expected to expand in coming years. EUA courses include Shift Basics, Shift Conversation, Shift Writing, and Conducting Performance Reviews.
On average, 86% of EUA students have progressed one or more English language levels after completing each conversation course, and since the program began in 2007 over 95% of participants who completed an EUA course have received a pay raise due to the increased responsibilities they are able to take on.
ProEnglish first reported about McDonald’s and its EUA program last year.
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