Restaurant chain TGI Fridays has launched a ‘Learners Qualification Programme’ in partnership with HIT Training, offering the equivalent of two A Levels. The 12-month development plan is aimed at those hoping to move into management, and consists of on the job experience, manager competency-based projects, reading assignments and regular testing. Candidates will also be fully tracked and supported throughout.

Targeted at existing team members, this allows Fridays to call on a pool of talent that already knows and understands the brand, and can therefore focus training specifically around the challenges that management brings.

Forming part of the brand’s wider ‘Myrna’s development path’, which targets management-level team members, the new programme also follows the launch of the ‘Fridays Academy App’, which allows employees to access online learning courses, appraisals, internal news announcements and a social learning network.

Jacqui McManus, culture and people development director at TGI Fridays UK, said: “We strongly believe that at Fridays we create careers – not just jobs – for our thousands of team members up and down the country.

“We want new and existing team members, who had perhaps never considered a career in the hospitality industry, to see that TGI Fridays can provide award-winning and industry-leading training to support them on their journey up the career ladder. It also allows team members, who perhaps weren’t suited to traditional educational environments, to secure A-level-equivalent qualifications that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”


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