McDonald's, AARP partner to hire older workers

GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT)- (04/30/19)-Listen up job seekers--McDonald's is looking to fill about 250,000 jobs this summer, and they're turning to the AARP for help.

"They're responsible, they have a lot of great experiences and one thing I think people learn over the years is customer service. I don't care if you're a plumber, electrician, a car salesman, whatever it is you're doing in this world, customer service is a big deal. So I think it's a great place for the younger people to learn that and I think this older group will help that, said Franchise owner, Tony D'Anna,

12,000 of those job openings are right here in Michigan.

There are a variety of positions from cashiers to shift managers.

Those hired through AARP will work those earlier shifts, breakfast and lunch.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics-- adults ages 55 and older are the fastest-growing segment of the workforce.

By 2024, this group will account for nearly 25 percent of the workforce in the U.S.

Franchise owner Tony D'Anna says about 10 percent of his employees are 55 and older. Employees like Marsha Woolever.

"I think it's great. It gives an opportunity for the people who have retired or people who just want to get out of the house and make some extra money, they can come and work. They can have as little or as many hours as they want. They can work with the young people, which is a lot of fun, so I think it's great." said McDonald's shift manager, Marsha Woolever.

Those hired for the summer season-- can also take part in a program that would allow them to continue their education-- with a $2,500 dollars tuition assistance.

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