No matter an individual’s aspirations, earning a high school diploma or GED is a critical step in the right direction. In the U.S., KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell all offer free programs to help employees earn their GEDs. For example, the KFC Foundation’s Rise with GEDWorks™, in partnership with the GED Testing Service, matches employees with a personal adviser to answer questions and help them prepare for the exam. All employees at participating KFC restaurants in the U.S. are eligible to enroll in the program.
KFC U.K. and Ireland creates career paths for restaurant teams and offers a range of training and accredited qualifications, including apprenticeships in hospitality management and a three-year bachelor's degree for employees. These programs are fully paid for, with no cost to the employee. To date, nearly 900 employees have participated in the hospitality management programs, and more than 100 employees have participated in the Business Management Degree Program, with 27 graduating in the first two cohorts.