Save a Generation of Young Unemployed Talent

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International leadership development organisation Common Purpose has started the “Young Million” campaign. It offers some of the one million unemployed young people in the UK the opportunity to develop their leadership skills – opportunities they are missing out on by being out of work. Common Purpose feels that they should be afforded the same development opportunities as those who are in employment. The campaign will see Common Purpose deliver a series of leadership courses in a number of locations across the UK, and they are asking for donations of people’s time and money in order to make this happen. Details at http://youngmillion.commonpurpose.org.uk

“The rise in youth unemployment shames us all. But there are concrete things we can do to stop this awful waste of young talent and young lives; and we must do them” Sir David Bell, Non-Executive Director of The Economist.

Figures released recently by the Office for National Statistics revealed that there are close to a staggering 1 million young people in the UK who are unemployed, with 1 in 5 recent graduates unable to find work.

There are many schemes that exist to help these young people find employment, yet few that offer the training and development opportunities they would have received from employers were they in work.

This is why international leadership development organisation Common Purpose has started the Young Million campaign to offer some of these unemployed young people the same opportunity to develop their leadership skills as those who are in employment.

Sir David Bell, non-executive director of The Economist, said: “The rise in youth unemployment shames us all. But there are concrete things we can do to stop this awful waste of young talent and young lives; and we must do them.”

The campaign will see Common Purpose delivering a series of leadership courses in locations across the UK, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

Free to attend for the applicants, Common Purpose is asking people to donate in several ways to help support the Young Million. They are looking for venues around the UK in which to hold the courses, for people to offer their time as speakers, panellists or visit hosts, and finally for financial donations to help fund young people to take part. Just £100 will cover the cost of one young person to attend a 3 day course.

Within two days of sharing the idea with almost 30,000 Common Purpose alumni in the UK, enough time, venue and monetary donations had been received to run the first two Young Million courses in London and Newcastle (to take place within the next few months). Each course can take up to 50 participants and applications are now being accepted.

“For many young people, their careers are being put on hold while they struggle to find jobs, but this must not mean that their learning, and particularly their learning about leadership and producing change, should be put on hold too” said Julia Middleton, founder and Chief Executive of Common Purpose.

To get involved in the Young Million campaign, visit http://youngmillion.commonpurpose.org.uk, email youngmillion@commonpurpose.org.uk or contact Common Purpose on 020 7608 8100.

Potential features and interviews:
We are offering a select number of media the opportunity to interview Young Million spokespeople including Julia Middleton, Chief Executive and Founder, Common Purpose. If you are interested in tracking one of the courses or applicants, please do get in touch.

Print, online, broadcast and radio media are welcome to register their interest in this story.

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