KFC business graduates help fast food chain plug talent hole

The first-ever cohort of KFC degree students have graduated from the BA (Hons) Business Management degree programme at De Montfort University, with 14 of them achieving first class degrees.

KFC set up the pioneering degree programme with De Montfort University four years ago. KFC team members are able to study while still earning – opening up further education opportunities to people who might otherwise be put off by the high costs usually associated with university.

Ed Evans, head of education and recruitment for KFC UK & Ireland, commented: “The degree programme will help nurture the talent we need for the future as we grow and we hope to see even more graduates in the coming years.”

The degree course is open to assistant restaurant managers and above, and sees KFC pay for half of the course fees, with the other half coming out of monthly salaries. While studying on the programme, the graduates have already seen great career success at KFC, including working in roles at head office or in senior management.


The fast food chain has a strong history of pioneering new ways to develop its people: in September 2016, KFC was one of the first businesses to offer the new Degree Apprenticeship in partnership with De Montfort University Leicester. The scheme announced by the government to bring together higher and vocational education at no cost to the student.

In addition to its degree programmes, KFC has also offered a free Apprenticeship scheme for its team members since 2011, which it has invested over £3.5m in over the past six years.

Apprenticeships at KFC enable students to learn on the job, gaining hands on experience, while also earning money as team members.


In the UK, KFC currently employs over 24,000 people and operates approximately 900 restaurants.

KFC came to Britain in May 1965, with the first restaurant opening in Preston, Lancashire. Upon opening, it became the first overseas KFC branch, and was the first American quick service restaurant chain in the country.






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