The Black Training and Enterprise Group was established in 1991 by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and a group of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) voluntary organisations. In 1996, BTEG registered as a charity (No 1056043) and company limited by guarantee (No 3203812). BTEG plays a unique role by supporting BAME civil society organisations, providing a national voice and promoting equality, inclusion, collaboration and entrepreneurship in BAME communities. BTEG is a respected and resilient organisation and celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.
BTEG contributes to the economic regeneration of BAME communities by building the capacity of local groups so that they can play an active role in improving opportunities for BAME individuals. We have a strong track record in influencing polices, campaigning and lobbying in relation to BAME education, employment and entrepreneurship. We also maintain an interest in increasing the number of young BAME apprentices. Through our networking and training events we are in dialogue with frontline organisations and a range of agencies including mainstream civil society organisations, government departments, local authorities, companies, the national apprenticeship service and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. BTEG is a member of the Department for Work and Pensions Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Equalities Advisory Group.
BTEG’s mission is to end racial inequality. We believe that the contribution of all communities makes a nation, builds dynamic local communities, generates wealth and improves well-being. We champion fairness, challenge discrimination and pioneer innovative solutions to empower BAME communities through education, employment and enterprise. Our activities involve working with Government, business, public services, BAME organisations and the media.
Aims and activities of the organisation
BTEG has five core aims:
To increase employment rates for BAME people to the national average.
2. Social and Economic Regeneration
To ensure that BAME communities contribute to the economic regeneration of their communities.
To raise the attainment levels of BAME pupils in education to the national average.
4. Strong Communities
To work with individuals and communities to improve integration and cohesion through developing shared values and aspirations for the whole community.
To motivate and inspire individuals to act on their ideas and to realise their enterprise potential.
BTEG is governed by a Board of Directors, comprising seven qualified and experienced professionals from the voluntary, public and private sectors and one adviser. The Board is currently chaired by Anthony Durrant MBE, JP and meets every three months. BTEG currently employs 6 staff, one part time consultant and supports up to two volunteers. The staff profile fluctuates depending on successful new project development.
BTEG is a networking organisation supporting over 1200 BAME civil society organisations across the country. BTEG wants to see more BAME civil society organisations actively involved in local decision making, holding public bodies to account for their service delivery, delivering services and new product and service development. We deliver our services through three inter-linked units:
1. Policy and research - we advise government departments, produce research reports, briefings and newsletters, use our website and the media to influence thinking, and stimulate new inclusive approaches to revitalise deprived areas. Regular conferences and seminars are held to inform our policy development.
2. Organisational support - we provide quality training and networking events and 1-2-1 advice and guidance. We specialise in fundraising, leadership, tendering and contracting, business planning and project and financial management.
3. Projects and partnerships - our employment initiative in London highlights good practice and challenges the public and private sectors to do more to narrow the BAME and White employment gap at the local level. The project works with the national apprenticeship service in London to improve the participation of young BAME people in apprenticeships offered by companies.
With funding from the Ministry of Justice we have established a national network comprised of BAME organisations working in the criminal justice system. Key aims include reducing the large numbers of BAME offenders in prison and the high rates of reoffending. This year we will be launching Routes2Success a new ground breaking national project which aims to inspire young black males to realise their potential and divert them from having any contact with the criminal justice system by using successful black male role model volunteers from the private and public sectors.
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