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KFC has made it through to the South Central final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014, ahead of hundreds of other entrants shortlisted in the Macro Employer of the Year category. This honours employers who demonstrate their commitment, contribution and the success that apprenticeships have brought to their organisation.

Now in its 11th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers and apprentices.

Working with City & Guilds, KFC provides two different internationally recognised apprenticeship qualifications, offering Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships to its team members and team leaders, each equivalent to 5 GCSEs and two A-Levels respectively. There are currently over 800 KFC employees on apprenticeships across the UK with a further 250 who have already successfully completed the course.

James Watts, Senior Vice President HR, KFC said: “It’s an honour to be in the running for such a prestigious award that recognises KFC’s commitment to the training and development of our people whilst celebrating our unique company culture. We pride ourselves on placing a big emphasis on developing our own talent and promoting from within, so it’s great to be able to give our employees who might not have pursued further education the chance to achieve their goals through the Apprenticeship scheme.”

Sue Husband, Executive Director Apprenticeships and Delivery at the Skills Funding Agency said: “The National Apprenticeship Awards recognise the best of the best and are an excellent opportunity for individuals and employers to gain the credit they richly deserve for investing in their own futures. I am delighted that KFC has been short-listed, and would like to congratulate them on this success. All of the finalists should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

This achievement is the latest for the company, which in January was voted Britain’s Top Employer for the third consecutive year, an industry first! KFC has also been recognised as a Great Place to Work for the past five years for its extensive training programmes, fantastic career progression opportunities and unique company culture.

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which will be held at The Great Hall, Winchester on Thursday 11 September.