The Colonel is funding 60 of its restaurant managers in three-and-a-half year business management degree courses over the next five years. This is the first time that a restaurant chain has funded honours degrees for its staff.

The first group of KFC funded students have begun their studies in conjunction with De Montfort University in Leicester.

Regular annual tuition at UK universities amounts to around £9000, but with KFC footing much of the bill for its students, the ‘KFC-degree’ will set its students back this amount over the entire three-year duration of their studies.

“For those who have decided for not to go to university, the degrees are just a fabulous thing that we are doing that allows them to grow, develop and fulfill some of their career ambitions,” KFC UK managing director Martin Shuker said of the initiative to The Independent.

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