Bellevue University announced today that the latest addition to their stable of corporate partners is Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. The University, with input from Arby’s executive leadership team, developed a custom learning program exclusively for Arby’s Team Members. The program, called Arby’s Business Management & Leadership, gives team members the knowledge and skills they need to be more confident on the job and grow in their careers.

“At Arby’s, we live our line, ‘Start Here. Go Anywhere.’” says Damian Hanft, director of field learning and development at Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. “Arby’s is often a person’s first job. Through this learning opportunity, we are providing the knowledge and skills people need to be their best on the job everyday, and to grow with our company.”

The courses in the custom learning program cover financial fundamentals, service operations management, merchandising and advertising are all designed to address Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that drive Arby’s business. The new program was produced in Bellevue University’s transformational performance-based learning system, which focuses on mastery of critical business skills like problem solving, communication, collaboration, and more.

Upon completion of the program, Arby’s Team Members earn a certificate of completion worth 36 college credits that then may be applied to Bellevue University’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management & Leadership. 

“Arby’s is a prime example of a corporation that truly understands that human capital today is a market share game,” says Michael E. Echols, executive vice president of Bellevue University’s Strategic Initiatives division. “You have to fight for the talent that’s out there, and you have to invest in your own. Arby’s is giving their Team Members the opportunity to opt-in to a career-enhancing program. They get to raise their hands and demonstrate that they’re committed to their own career growth, and when that happens, the corporation prospers.”

Arby’s will make the custom learning program available to corporate team members system-wide this fall. Bellevue University provides all the marketing communications materials to stimulate interest in the program, including a custom, co-branded website where team members can learn more, inquire/enroll, and where testimonials/success stories will be posted.

“Bellevue University was the obvious choice for this talent strategy,” adds Hanft. “They proved to us that they provide learning programs that work because they are built around real business needs and for team members who want to grow. This is about measurable ROI on many levels, and we look forward to the results.”

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