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Formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC is the world’s second largest fast food chain and specialises in in serving chicken in a southern American style deep fried crispy coating whose ingredients are a closely kept secret. The company was begun in Kentucky around 1930 during the Great Depression by Harland Sanders. By the early 1950s, the first franchise opened up in Utah and KFC has continued to grow from there. There are now almost 19,000 outlets of KFC worldwide meaning there could be a variety of jobs and career opportunities for school leavers, students and graduates alike.

Students and young people who are looking for part time jobs or weekend work are likely to work in entry level jobs. KFC employ team members to work in their stores, serving customers, keeping eating areas clean and tidy and also working in the kitchen. Other roles within the company would be suitable for graduates and school leavers looking to do KFC apprenticeships. Team leaders, restaurant managers, area managers and also head office jobs and careers are what could be open to young people at KFC. KFC head office jobs can be anything from marketing and finance to product innovation and restaurant development.

For KFC entry level jobs like working as a team member in one of the many KFC restaurants across the United Kingdom, KFC are looking for dedicated individuals who are not only hardworking but also have fun while they are doing their job. Training and development support are offered at all levels and KFC are proud of their record of students and young people taking up team member roles to fund studies but who then go on to remain in work for the company, building full time management or head office careers from that.

Young people who don’t want to go to university but who are motivated to begin a career can apply for the KFC apprenticeship scheme where you will work towards a Hospitality and Catering Advanced Apprenticeship and fast track through KFC management roles. You could also work towards a Business Management BSc (Hons) degree via De Montfort University.

Most of us have a KFC outlet quite local to where we live. This is good news for young people and students looking for student jobs or general part time entry level jobs because it’s likely there is a KFC close to where you are studying. KFC outlets are all over England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as all over the world, particularly in China. KFC is a franchise so student jobs and apprenticeships are likely to be within the United Kingdom while graduate careers could provide overseas opportunities.

KFC jobs and careers are advertised when the vacancies arise in individual restaurants or head office departments rather than them having set recruitment dates for different roles. KFC are regularly voted amongst Britain’s top employers so they are an attractive option for anyone looking for part time jobs, apprenticeships and full time careers. For school leavers looking to join the KFC apprenticeships scheme as part of their school leaver programme, you will need to look at areas where these are being run year on year.

With over 800 KFC restaurants across the United Kingdom, a structured programme for school leavers by way of apprenticeships that can lead to a BSc Honours degree, students, young people and graduates could find rewarding opportunities with KFC.

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