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McDonalds – Taste for Work – Skills – Resources – Challenge

Taste for Work is a brand-new employability programme from McDonald’s in collaboration with the National Schools Partnership.

The programme teaches young people aged 14-19 the key skills that they’ll need in the workplace – starting with Communication. It is Skills Builder accredited, meets Gatsby Benchmarks and is curriculum-linked to England, Scotland, Wales, NI and ROI.


It’s already hit the ground running with over 400 schools signed up in the first month! And it’s completely free to sign-up.

Don’t let your schools miss out – let them know they can access the free resources here 😊.

What is Taste for Work?

Taste for Work is a series of immersive challenges set in real-world scenarios which teach your pupils the essential Skills Builder skills they need for their future career.

It starts with the Communication Challenge, which guides students through three different types of language to help build their speaking skills.

Students will hear from real-world employees about how to use communication skills in the workplace and actively work to develop ‘Skills Builder Speaking Skill Step 5’ and meet Gatsby Benchmarks. Nasen have approved the challenge for all abilities, meaning students with additional needs will be able to benefit too!


What’s inside the Communication Challenge?

The Communication Challenge has been designed to be delivered as a 2-hour session, or it can be broken up and delivered separately in tutor times across a week.

It is fully-resourced with everything you need to run the lesson right-away, including:

So, don’t miss out – share these resources with teachers in your area or download them now for free!

Why McDonald’s?

With nearly 50 years of hiring young people and building the skills of over a million young people as they enter the workplace, McDonald’s is uniquely placed to support young people to get ready for work. We hope teachers in your area will join the hundreds of schools already using Taste for Work to get their students ready for the working world!

What Schools Say About Us

Being part of the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub has been pivotal to the development of careers provision in our school. The Hub have shared good practice across their members resulting in a stronger focus on good quality provision. The annual event enabled the hub to share their vision of School Improvement Through The Lens of Careers and looking beyond the Benchmarks. It was a fantastic opportunity to share different models of school improvement and strategies to further develop careers provision to enhance the future opportunities of our young people.

Mrs A Spencer, John Taylor High School

What Businesses Say About Us

It it superb to be able to speak with local schools, colleges, and businesses in Stoke and Staffs and show how important the partnerships are to bring the skills of the future. Educating those who educate the ones shaping the aspirations of young people is essential for the industry to grow and be more sustainable.”

Alison Tucker, St Modwen