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Competitions involving age based entry criteria

Competitions involving age based entry criteria

Many arts based employers run competitions designed to attract youngsters to their profession and run competitions to find 'young talented directors/writers/artists etc'.
Typically the competitions have upper age limits eg under 25's or in F/T education etc.
Often the prize is a secondment with a large employer eg BBC or a training spell with theatre etc.

Will these be illegal after October 2006?
Juliet LeFevre

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6th Jul 2006 19:31

Peter,

I agree with you, new talent occurs at all ages, the trouble is at the moment many of the internships and secondments are also governed by age - its wrong and its discriminatory.

Juliet

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By Anonymous
26th Jun 2006 11:17

The operation of positive discrimination for what ever reason is both immoral and has been proved in tribunal to be illegal.

Why should anyone get a job, training or even a placement just because of there gender, race, ethnic back ground, age etc.

Every HR Professional should be aiming to get the best person for the job.

I am speaking as a white male from a middle class background who didn't go to college because my parents at that time could not afford to support me and the council considered that peopel from my background didn't warrant a student grant. The Council were to busy giving the money away to overseas students who once they were given a grant bought houses and flash cars and the grant was beer money to them.

I am not saying that I should have got a grant but this was a case of giving a certain group something beause someone thought they should have had it over other people.

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26th Jun 2006 10:45

Hi Juliet,

I believe applying an age limitation for applications could constitute direct discrimination, and, applying a 'in f/t education' condition could constitute indirect discrimination. However, both types of discrim could potentially be justified if they are 'proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim' (which would be a matter for a Tribunal to decide in any particular case)

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6th Jul 2006 06:50

Juliet
I think the answer is that you are looking for new talent so if the criteria is 'ineperienced or unpublished' or something similar it will achieve the desired result

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