The British government has granted McDonald's the right to hand out A-levels, "a qualification … recognized around the world and … used as a sort of entrance exam for some universities" on the basis of its training programme.
It will offer a "basic shift manager" course, training staff in skills such as human resources and marketing.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority said the company had been approved to develop courses up to the equivalent of A-level standard.
The QCA will also allow Network Rail and Flybe to award qualifications based on their workplace training schemes.
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