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KFC is to become the first fast-food chain in Britain to pay its staff to study for a Bachelor of Arts degree while working full-time. The firm has announced that workers can apply to study for an honours course in business management from January.
Including bonuses, managers will be able to earn up to £68,000 a year while they pursue the KFC degree. Every outlet’s staff room contains a computer that can be used for course work, and students will spend between 12 and 14 days each year at De Montfort University in Leicester. After graduating, they could become an area manager or work for the company’s head office.
Notably, about 35,000 of the 87,500 with ‘McJobs’ in Britain have gained a qualification while working for McDonald’s, with options including a free foundation degree from Manchester Metropolitan University. The chain’s UK chief executive, Jill McDonald, told a conference last year that youngsters should not feel forced into going to university to get a decent education. ‘We need to remove the snobbery that does down workplace learning,’ she said. ‘For many put off by high fees, this could and should be the route they take.’