KFC serves up degrees for staff

KFC is attempting to improve its image as an employer by introducing an honours degree course that combines its in-house training with a university business management course.

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The fast-food retailer is partnering with De Montfort University Leicester, to create the bespoke business management course.

KFC hopes the course, in which it is investing £600,000, will help position it as “a leader in training and development”.

It plans to train more than 60 managers through the course over the next five years. The first will start in 2013.

KFC claims that it is the first restaurant business in the UK to offer an honours degree. It already works with City & Guilds to offer two levels of apprenticeships in hospitality management at its 840 UK restaurants.

McDonald’s already offers a two-year foundation degree in business management accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Martin Shuker, managing director of KFC UK & Ireland, says: “As a business, we are committed to our people and are always looking at ways to invest in their training and development to enhance their skills and progress their careers.

“KFC degrees give us an opportunity to reward some of our best performers, who never had the chance to go to university when they were younger. Our employees gain a meaningful and respected qualification while still earning money, and we reap the benefits of their improved skills and confidence in the business.”

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