Domino’s Proposes for Leadership Training to be Included to National Curriculum Amid Concerns of Brexit Skills Gap


Domino’s Pizza has asked the National Curriculum to develop leadership skills in young people because of concerns that Brexit could leave the firm short of international workers.

The pizza company said that around 50 percent of its managers come from outside the United Kingdom and that leadership training for school leavers is required to ensure a sustainable stream of British managers when the country withdraws the European Union.

Domino’s commissioned research from Kantar TNS, a market research business, into the views of younf people on leadership and the results inferred that while young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds don’t lack ambition. However, they have less exposure to strong leadership models compared to those from more privileged backgrounds.

Domino’s chief operating officer, Simon Wallis, stated: “We’d like to see the National Curriculum developing basic leadership skills, because our research revealed some concerning results.”

Domino’s is planning to launch 600 additional stores and generate 21,000 new jobs in the United Kingdom in the following years.

In March, the British Hospitality Association warned that restaurants in the United Kingdom would need a decade to replace EU staff since British workers who want jobs in the sector are not enough.

A KPMG report, which was also published in March, hinted that there would be an annual shortfall of more than 60,000 hospitality employees in the United Kingdom if EU migrants were removed from the workforce. Within a decade, this would result in a cumulative shortfall of one million.

Other firms in the hospitality sector have announced fears over a skills gap after Brexit.

Earlier in 2017, the director of human resources at Pret a Manger informed a parliamentary committee that only one in 50 job applicants to the business were British and that the business might have a hard time to bring in the staff that it requires because of Brexit as the positions were not that attractive to UK workers.

In a statement, Domino’s proposed that team leadership skills including communication are incorporated into the school curriculum.

As part of its attempt to attract more young British people to dream of having hospitality management roles, Domino’s is launching an online leadership programme that is called TeamSkills. The programme will consist of downloadable workbooks on leadership and advice for on the job training.

Mr Wallis stated: “The long-term health of our economy depends not just on job creation but on skills creation and that’s what today’s TeamSkills announcement is all about.

“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.”

The firms revealed that more than 80 percent of its managers started at Domino’s as pizza makers and delivery drivers.

Earlier this month, Domino’s Pizza reported that group sales increased nearly 21 percent to £286.4m in the 12 weeks to 24 September.