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Want fries with that certificate?

Managers at Cadbury sixth-form college were gob-smacked to see places on the new first-aid course snatched up by 40 students. This sudden desire to diversify took them well beyond their usual studies.

And the course is no doddle. Not for the fainthearted, what with all the bleeding and broken bones. Exacting too: five minutes late for a single lecture and you fail.

But there was an ulterior motive - cash. McDonalds' jobs are nice little earners for students, particularly in the summer. But the burger chain now demands they have first aid training to St John Ambulance standard.

Good on McDonalds, doing its bit to promote a healthier nation.

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