Engaging young people
When Jez Langhorn joined McDonald’s in 1983 as a part-time worker, little did he know that 30 years later he would still be there and running the people team. “I started as a crew member in my local store in Camberley while studying – I certainly didn’t see my part-time job turning into a career back then,” he laughs. And as someone who exemplifies career development at the organisation, Langhorn is well placed to champion progression.
Top of his agenda is engaging with young people, and – together with his team of around 100– he is rolling out a number of initiatives. The aim is to drive recruitment in McDonald’s itself but also to fulfil what he describes as a wider responsibility as a business to help unemployed young people. Throughout our discussion, Langhorn’s passion for nurturing young talent is relentless.
“It’s really tough being a young person today,” he says. “The employment market is so competitive and often young people lack the skills, knowledge or confidence to secure a job. Businesses have a real responsibility to offer opportunities to help people develop sustainable careers.”