De Montfort offering bespoke degree for KFC managers
Mon, 23 July 2012
Leicester’s De Montfort University (DMU) will teach a bespoke three-year bachelor’s degree in business management to 60 restaurant managers from fast-food chain KFC, under a new partnership between the two organisations.
The first managers will start their courses in January of next year. The course consists of a mixture of existing KFC training and DMU’s standard business management degree. KFC has invested £600k in the programme.
KFC already offers Advanced and Level Two Apprenticeship courses to staff and new recruits.
James Watts, vice-president for HR at KFC UK & Ireland, comments: “We believe that the degree gives us the chance to reward some of our best performers who perhaps didn’t get to go to university the first time round.
“The flexibility of the course means that our employees can still earn money as a restaurant manager while obtaining a respected and meaningful qualification.”
Professor David Wilson, DMU deputy vice-chancellor and dean of business and law, adds: “At De Montfort University, we pride ourselves on our ability to adapt our skills and services to match the needs of business.” It has previously delivered a course for the Norfolk Constabulary.