KELLOGG’S has dropped the requirement for job applicants to have a degree to work at its HQ.
The cereal giant said the move will help it become more inclusive.
Last year the firm had a trial of hiring sales staff without degrees.
It proved so successful that it is now being rolled out across the business.
Chris Silcock, Kellogg’s UK boss, said: “We hope more people from different backgrounds will consider Kellogg as somewhere for their career, not just those who went to university.”
Research from the Office for Students found people from working-class backgrounds are less likely to progress to higher education and up to twice as likely to drop out of university.
It means firms with a degree requirement for entry-level roles miss out on talented applicants who took apprenticeships or went straight into work.
Meanwhile, apprenticeships platform Multiverse found 70 per cent of business leaders say higher education doesn’t prepare graduates for work.
Yet 54 per cent of major companies still require degrees for entry-level roles.
Multiverse chief executive Euan Blair said: “There’s little to no correlation between grades and job performance.”