Fast food chain KFC and De Montfort University Leicester have launched a new Degree Apprenticeship programme, offering KFC team members the opportunity to earn and learn at no cost to the individual.
The team members, who work full-time while studying, will receive a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Management, as well as Chartered Manager status from the Chartered Management Institute, upon completion of the four-year course, which is entirely funded by KFC and the government.
Open to KFC team members and team leaders aged between 16 and 19, the Degree Apprenticeship combines “rigorous academic study with real world work experience”, according to the chain.
Students spend roughly two days a month studying on campus, which is complemented by online sessions, coursework, workplace learning and a personal KFC mentor.
KFC is among the first businesses, and one of only two in its sector, to spearhead the new style Degree Apprenticeship, which was announced by the government last year to bring together higher and vocational education.
Cody Cluff, chief people officer for KFC UK and Ireland, said: “We are hugely proud of the Degree Apprenticeship program. As a forward thinking business, the programme will help nurture the talent we need for the future as we grow.”
KFC has a strong history of pioneering new ways to develop its people. Three years ago it became the first restaurant company in the UK to launch an honours degree with De Montfort University Leicester.
The degree course is open to assistant managers and above, and sees KFC pay for half of course fees, with the other half coming out of monthly salaries.
The first cohort of 10 students started studying at the end of June and KFC has plans to grow the number of students on the course to 25 people in the next few years.