McDonald's Morisset employee Matilda Gibson has achieved a Certificate III in Retail through the McDonald's Australia Registered Training Organisation.
Last week, Ms Gibson was among 170 McDonald's employees from across NSW who gathered at the company's Hamburger University campus in Sydney (it's known as the Harvard of the fast food industry) to celebrate their graduations.
The ceremony celebrated RTO students who had attained a Certificate II in Retail Services, a Certificate III in Retail, a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management or a Diploma in Leadership and Management.
Through its RTO, Macca's conducts training in the areas of business, retail, management, leadership and food safety.
This is delivered to employees through on-the-job training; workbooks; face-to-face modules at the Charlie Bell School of Management, Hamburger University; attendance at regional training rooms; and digital learning.
Ms Gibson said achieving the nationally recognised qualification was rewarding.
"Since I started at Macca's, I've had exposure to practical, on-the-job experience, as well as the opportunity to complete a number of courses through the RTO," she said.
"Importantly to me, every time I've been involved in training, my managers have provided me with the flexibility I need to focus on those studies.
"I'm sure that I'll draw upon this latest qualification throughout my career."
McDonald's Australia's director of people and culture, Lisa Apthorpe, said the company played a key role for many young Australians.
Since I started at Macca's, I've had exposure to practical, on-the-job experience, as well as the opportunity to complete a number of courses.- Matilda Gibson
"As the country's largest employer of young people, we have a tremendous amount of pride in providing many Australians with their first job," she said.
"With that comes a responsibility to ensure we are providing our employees with training that not only helps them in their current role, but also equips them with skills for life and qualifications that can help them with their future career."