John Studzinski ’78: ‘We Must Not Abandon Young People to Unemployment’ (Guardian)

John Studzinski '78

Trustee John Studzinski ’78, senior managing director and global head of Blackstone Advisory Partners, writes of youth unemployment and how those young people are denied the essential life skills of knowing how to work with others.

“We need a structure that not only equips young people with the life skills essential to success, but also provides valuable experience in an industry or sector,” writes Studzinski in an opinion piece published in The Guardian, in which he goes on to suggest steps toward a solution in the way of mandatory two-year paid apprenticeships for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24.

“This programme, which would put work first, would be run as a three-way partnership between government, the private sector and NGOs such as the International Youth Foundation, which supports job training and entrepreneurship in locations as diverse as Latin America, the Caribbean, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania. Top-up funding can be obtained from foundations and high net-worth individuals.” Read the piece in its entirety.

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