Fast food giant KFC has partnered with De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester to offer its restaurant general managers a degree course. It is expected 60 KFC managers will study a bespoke BA Hons management course at starting in January 2013.
KFC, part of the global restaurant group Yum!, aims to use the degree as a reward for its “best performers” by giving them a chance to gain the qualification. The degree will be a blended learning programme so students can continue earning as restaurant managers.
Professor David Wilson, deputy vice-chancellor of DMU, said: “We pride ourselves on our ability to adapt our skills and services to match the needs of business – and our track record in forging partnerships with key organisations across all sectors is second to none.
“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.”
KFC is just the latest of several high street chains to recognise the benefits of the combination of foundation degree courses and blended learning. As far back as 2008, Tesco launched its foundation degree in Tesco retail with the Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of the Arts London.