President and D. Cameron announce Young Leaders Programme
David Cameron and François Hollande announced on Thursday at the Franco-British summit a major bilateral initiative: the launch of a Young Leaders Programme
The Franco-British Young Leaders Programme aims to invest in the Franco-British bilateral relationship to increase mutual understanding by influencing opinion-makers aged between 30 and 40 from a range of sectors to secure and further Franco-British bilateral relations.
Each year, a group of emerging leaders from government, business, media, military, culture and civic society will be identified through a careful selection process in the two countries. Those selected will participate in two week-long residential seminars over two consecutive years – alternately in France and the UK. There they will debate a topical area of public policy and be received by leaders from the highest echelons of government and other sectors linked to the policy area under discussion. Each Young Leader year group will be championed by a forward-thinking influential figure from each country. The long-lasting friendships and networks will be nurtured by various events and will enrich bilateral relations in years to come.
At the same time, a group of French and British disadvantaged 20-30 year olds who have demonstrated potential for future success will benefit for a unique international learning experience alternately in France and the UK. The first group would also act as mentors to the second.
The programme will be managed with the active support of the two governments and a select group of Founding Partners whose support will be linked to a range of benefits including participation in the selection of YLs, commercial visibility, access to prominent French and UK policymakers, experts and business leaders, as well as to the Franco-British Council network, invitation to high profile events.