A young farmer is one of three in the UK to work alongside one of the world’s largest food empires as part of a new, year long training programme
Chris Fox, 21, from Market Rasen is one of the very first students to complete McDonald’s progressive young farmer training programme.
Launched last year, it aims to help young farmers kick start their careers in the industry.
He said, “I was over the moon when I heard McDonald’s had selected me for the training programme.
“Most farmers never have the opportunity to see the wider supply chain they are part of and understand exactly what happens to their produce or how much the other businesses involved in the process depend upon it.”
Chris and two others were provided with a blend of farming and business acumen that is needed to succeed in today’s modern farming, from land management and animal husbandry through to marketing and IT skills.
For six months of the programme Chris worked on one of McDonald’s supplying farms in West Lothian where he was mentored by a family.
Running from July to July, Chris now has an understanding of the whole supply chain, from growing and rearing produce on the farm to serving food to customers at the restaurant counter.
In the final stage of the process Chris is now serving food in restaurants alongside crew members, where he has the chance to speak to customers firsthand and understand what they look for in the food they buy as well as preparing food using ingredients he has seen grown, reared and harvested.