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Britain will need more young people with leadership skills, post Brexit: Domino's exec

The company will launch its ‘TeamSkills’ online leadership programme.

The brand is calling for team leadership skills like influencing and communication to be incorporated into the National Curriculum. Domino’s has commissioned research to better understand young people’s views on leadership. The findings show that young people from lower income backgrounds do not lack ambition but have less exposure to strong leadership role models than those from more privileged circumstances. As a result, school leavers from lower socio-economic backgrounds can be at a disadvantage in the workplace, where they may need to work harder to make progress into leadership positions.

As the UK faces a likely shortage of workers and with university becoming an increasingly expensive choice for school leavers, Domino’s wants to encourage young people to consider team leadership roles within the hospitality sector. The company is opening up its in-house ‘TeamSkills’ online leadership programme to help people learn how to lead a high performing team via corporate.dominos.co.uk/teamskills.

COO Simon Wallis said, “We have ambitious growth plans and believe Domino’s is a fun place to work with clear progression opportunities for ambitious school leavers with potential. We’d like to see the National Curriculum developing basic leadership skills, because our research revealed some concerning results with young people saying they’re ambitious, but lack exposure to positive role models.”

He added, “Despite recent stereotyping of millennials as ‘snowflakes’ it seems many young people look to role models like Alan Sugar, and think a no nonsense, upfront approach is the best way to lead a team. We want ‘TeamSkills’ to provide a role in helping young people develop all round leadership skills, but the Government needs to do its part too. The success of future generations, Britain plc and of course, companies like Domino’s depends on our young people being set up for success, regardless of background.”

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