KFC becomes first quick service restaurant to offer Honours Degree course

24/07/2012 - 10:28
KFC will become the first quick service restaurant business in the UK to offer an Honours Degree course, in a partnership with De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

Working with DMU, KFC has invested £600,000 to offer a bespoke three-year BA (Hons) degree in Business Management.

The course will combine existing KFC training with DMU’s business management degree. Around 60 managers will be put through the course over the next five years, with the first managers starting in January 2013.

KFC already works with City & Guilds to offer two levels of apprenticeships; an Advanced Apprenticeship in Hospitality Management for Team Leaders, and Level Two Apprenticeships for team members in its 840 outlets across the UK and Ireland.

Martin Shuker, managing director KFC UK & Ireland, said: “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.”

Professor David Wilson, deputy vice-chancellor and dean of Business and Law at De Montfort University, said: “This is an important new contract for De Montfort University and we’re delighted to have this opportunity of working with such a major player in the global restaurant market.”

This year, KFC was named Britain’s Top Employer, and has been awarded Great Place to Work status for three years running, with both awards praising the career progression opportunities at KFC, where 64% of restaurant managers, and 61% of area managers are promoted internally.

In addition, KFC, which employs over 23,000 people, has experienced 24 consecutive quarters of sales growth and is investing £24million to open 35 stores this year, creating 1,600 new jobs.

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