Prize to help tackle youth unemployment

Have you taken the lead on developing recruitment policy in your organisation? If so, or if you're looking to broaden your management skills, think about entering a new essay prize to outline how you would tackle the problem of youth unemployment.

Youth unemployment is high in Britain at around the one-in-five mark, despite positive employment figures in recent months. Around the world, an estimated 75 million under-25s are looking for work.

In response the Henry Jackson Initiative, in association with Telegraph Media Group, has set up a £10,000 prize for an "innovative and well-argued" proposal for lowering levels on youth unemployment.

Fleur Brading, managing director of the Henry Jackson Initiative, said high levels of youth unemployment cannot continue without "great harm" to individuals and society.

"We believe this prize will draw attention to this critical issue and will mobilise action towards finding solutions for young people who are unemployed. It is of paramount importance that we find collaborative responses to a global challenge of this kind."

The award is sponsored by Sir Alec Reed, founder of Reed Specialist Recruitment. He said he was looking for "new and bold" ideas for combating joblessness.

"I am thrilled to sponsor this effort and look forward to learning what action might arise out of the endeavour," he said.

Submitted essays must be on 'measures for reducing youth unemployment' and not be longer than 1,000 words. In addition to the £10,000 award, the winning piece could be published in the Daily Telegraph.

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