McDonalds supersizes its hiring efforts in Colorado

McDonald’s restaurants across Colorado are looking to add 5,990 more workers to their ranks this summer and are inviting anyone interested to apply for either full-time or part-time positions.

“People are the heart of our business, and the skills our crew members learn in our restaurants, like responsibility, teamwork and responsiveness, can open the door to a brighter future,” Frankie Luther, a Fort Collins-area owner and operator with McDonald’s, said in a release. “As local business owners, we’re committed to empowering our employees and the communities we serve.”

Alignable, an online referral network for small businesses, found in a survey dated May 11 that 83% of small restaurants were dealing with staffing shortages, the highest rate of any industry and that the shortages were getting worse, not better.

Before the pandemic, restaurants employed about 137,000 people in the state, according to the Colorado Restaurant Association. Long waits have become more common in the past year, and in some cases, locations have closed outside normal hours or shortened their schedules due to a lack of staff.

McDonald’s said the door is open to everyone from teenagers looking to make extra cash at their first job while on summer break to those looking for help with educational expenses to older adults who need a flexible schedule and are seeking a long-term career.

The company said it can help its crew members earn a high school diploma, participate in ESL courses, and obtain tuition assistance. Through its Archways to Opportunity program, the company offers free education and career guidance to its employees at participating restaurants. The company also has partnered this year with Western Governors University to provide employees and their families with a 5% discount on tuition and scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 each.

Those interested in applying can go online to to learn more, text “apply” to 38000 or visit a restaurant near them.

Colorado residents aren’t the most McDonald’s hungry in the country, but the company has a sizeable presence, with 3.8 restaurants per every 100,000 residents. That concentration ranks 40th among states, just ahead of Utah and right behind Pennsylvania, according to a survey published by USA Today back in the fall of 2018. The top state — Arkansas — had 5.8 McDonald’s restaurants per 100,000 residents.

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