McDonald’s US is planning to hire more than 12,500 restaurant employees in three states to cater to the needs of its customers this summer.

The fast food chain will hire approximately 5,500 employees in Wisconsin, 5,000 in Minnesota and 2,000 in Iowa.

This move by the company aims to benefit job seekers who are interested in pursuing an education while working, due to McDonald’s recent announcement of a $150m investment in its global Archways to Opportunity education programme.

“Building a better McDonald’s means recognising we can help employees earn and learn.”

The restaurant chain will reduce eligibility requirements from nine months to 90 days of employment and minimise weekly shifts from 20 hours to 15 hours.

McDonald’s Wisconsin owner and operator Steve Kilian said: “Building a better McDonald’s means recognising we can help employees earn and learn. I’m proud that my employees are participating in the Archways to Opportunity programme, which helps them achieve their goals at McDonald’s and beyond.”

As part of the programme, around 400,000 US restaurant employees will get an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront tuition assistance for college courses, access academic advising courses and learn English as a second language.

In addition, the restaurant chain will offer $2,500 a year in tuition assistance for eligible employees and $3,000 a year for eligible managers.

The programme has awarded more than $21m in high school and college tuition assistance to date in a move to establish its employee network.

McDonald’s currently operates more than 37,000 independently owned and operated locations in 120 markets.