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Companies such as McDonald's are now eligible to award nationally recognised qualifications equal to A Levels and advanced diplomas, the government has announced.

This is obviously for all those people who managed to slip through the net and avoid the multinational business curriculum set by the city academies.

McDonald's say workers will be able to get a qualification in "basic shift management" - which is surely just as important as an A Level in an outdated subject like, say, maths.

But at least the bosses have smiles on their faces. Their usual approach is to reproach our "dumbed-down" education system for its "easy" exams. But, as the CBI states, the new McQualifications are a "positive move towards an awards system that can deliver the skills employers need". Not necessarily employees, of course, but when did that ever matter?