Arden University and PizzaExpress have announced a partnership to launch a specialised and tailored management degree programme to offer PizzaExpress managers the opportunity to earn a degree while working, with the first cohort of 50 managers starting their studies in September.
The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) Programme is a 3-year programme designed to provide learners with a combination of academic knowledge and practical experience, ensuring they are well-equipped to succeed and progress in the fast-paced world of hospitality.
'This partnership is a real investment in the careers of PizzaExpress managers and the future of the business,' said Caroline Evans, Corporate Strategy Director at Arden University.
'We are always seeking ways to open the door to higher education to people who may not have had previous opportunities to continue learning, so this is an example of how we can offer more people this chance, and how businesses recognise the significant benefits of investing in their team staff in this way.'
Kate Hetherington, Chief People Officer of PizzaExpress, said: 'At PizzaExpress, we are committed to investing in the development of our people. This new degree apprenticeship programme is an exciting opportunity for us to work with Arden University to provide our employees with a pathway to a degree and furthering their a rewarding career in hospitality.'
Arden University offers bespoke programmes to ensure both employers and employees get the best experience and education they need to help with their personal career, while meeting business needs.
The degree apprenticeships provide learners with an ideal combination of online learning and developing skills within the workplace.
The flexibility online learning brings means the degree apprenticeship courses are widely accessible for all those interested in studying.
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