Restaurant giant McDonald’s today announced it is to create more than 200 new jobs across the region as part of a commitment to recruit 2,500 staff across the UK by the end of the year.
The move follows 3,500 new jobs that McDonald’s created last year, of which 70 per cent were taken by people under the age of 21.
Fifty jobs will be created in Staffordshire, 35 in the Black Country and 120 in Birmingham.
McDonald’s franchisee, Paul Ramsey who owns three restaurants in Oldbury and West Bromwich, said: “In 2012 we added some fantastic crew from the local community to our team, many of whom were starting out in their first job.
“As a local employer, I believe it’s important for all those who can, to continue giving young people in particular the chance to get workplace experience,” he added.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "A highly-skilled workforce is an important part of any growing business. That's why I am pleased to see how McDonald's is providing training and apprenticeships in a range of skills.
"McDonald's is also to be applauded for helping adult employees get qualifications in maths and English. Poor literacy and numeracy skills can hold people back in the workplace, which is why the Government has doubled the funding for these core subjects."