Forget Old MacDonald... meet a young McDonald! She’s a farmer who has got a place on a training programme with the famous fast food chain.
Over next 12 months Lauren Hladun, who grew up on her family’s 400 acre arable farm, will go behind the scenes of McDonald’s supply chain – looking at how the food gets from the countryside to the restaurant counter.
The Boston 20-year-old is one of just three students on on McDonald’s Progressive Young Farmer Training Programme – which aims to help younger people see farming as a career path.
Launched last year, the scheme aims to provide the aspiring young farmers with the blend of farming and business skills needed to succeed in the sector today.
This includes land management and animal husbandry through to marketing and IT skills.
She said: “I was really pleased when I found out I was going to be one of McDonald’s Progressive Young Farmers. It’s especially exciting because it makes me the first Agriculture student from the University of Nottingham to do a placement year and I can’t wait to get lots of hands on experience, whilst also learning the business skills required to succeed in the industry today.”
She will work with some of the industry’s biggest names and firms which supply ingredients for the McDonald’s menu including pork suppliers Tulip and potato specialist McCain.
In the final stage, Lauren will serve alongside McDonald’s employees speaking to customers first-hand about what they look for in the food they buy and to prepare ingredients she has seen grown, reared and harvested.
“The placement opportunity stood out for me because it gives young farmers like myself a unique opportunity to follow the entire supply chain in action, from farm to fork,” she said.
“Since I shall be working at lots of different companies that supply McDonald’s, I will gain a real range of skills and experience in many different areas of the industry.
“When it comes to completing my degree and moving on to start my own farming career, I know this wealth of experience will really help me to stand out from the crowd.”
Lauren is currently working on a pig farm in Thetford, Norfolk.