KFC UK Shows Belief in All People with Barnardo’s
April 17, 2014
More than 60 young adults now have the job training needed to be financially independent, thanks to KFC UK’s 2013 work training and placement program. Of those who participated, nine were offered permanent team member roles with KFC.
The program is a joint effort between KFC and non-profit organization Barnardo’s, which provides resources and support for disadvantaged young adults. KFC teamed up with Barnardo’s in 2011 after Great Place to Work Survey results showed team members were eager to support a local charity.
Barnardo’s and KFC jointly developed an in-store work program for participants to learn transferrable skills such as food preparation, customer service and team-building in a fast-paced environment. Since its 2011 start in North West England, the program has now expanded to franchised and company-owned restaurants in Scotland, London, Wales and the Midlands.
Although recruitment into KFC roles for trainees was not the objective of the program, it has been one of the positive outcomes. Moving forward, KFC hopes to expand the program to provide mentoring and volunteering opportunities.
“We hope our partnership will encourage more businesses to follow suit, opening doors to more young people who lack opportunities,” said James Watts, Vice President, Human Resources, KFC UK and Ireland. “The impact on our teams in the restaurants taking part in the scheme has been profound: they have literally contributed to turning around the lives of young people.”
To learn more about KFC’s community initiatives across the UK as well as its commitments within the areas of food, people and environment, check out the brand’s 2013 CSR Update, which was released earlier this month.