Opening Doors Network: The Enterprise Programme
Create and launch your winning idea!
BTEG’s Opening Doors Network: The Enterprise Programme is open for business. Opening Doors is an exciting new type of enterprise programme for London to create the next entrepreneurial generation. It will inspire you, build your entrepreneurial know-how and get your passion, skill, technological knowledge or hobby transformed into a business. Above all it will connect you to like-minded people and open up the dynamic world of enterprise and self-employment.
Aimed at young adults - irrespective of the chances they have had in life – Opening Doors will help you to develop your ideas, think differently and guide you through the business start-up maze. It is different from other start-up training because it is designed as an incubator and connection-hub. It is intensive, with hands-on learning. In addition, it will engage entrepreneurs and companies to give you the real insights you need.
It offers seven powerful experiential learning zones, including one to one expert advice and access to funding - all rolled into a highly flexible programme with friendly support over a full period of six months.
Booking for the programme is now open. You have a choice of locations at local centres in the London Boroughs of Haringey, Croydon and Brent. There is also a choice of four starting dates: (late) January 2014, April 2014, November 2014 and February 2015.
Email Phil Flynn to register your interest. And if this is not for you but you know someone who might be interested please alert them to the opportunity! Opening Doors is being run in partnership with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, ABi Associates and PJ’s Community Services.
Improving outcomes for offenders from the Gypsy and Traveller communities
Friends, Families and Travellers and BTEG are hosting a conference on 21 January 2014 focused on how we can improve outcomes for offenders from the Traveller communities. Travellers make up around 0.5% of the population of the UK but around 5% of the male prison population.
These figures maybe an under-representation as there is still a big problem in Travellers identifying themselves. With the huge changes underway across the offender management system with the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms of the Probation Service there is a risk that the needs of this group may not be met.
The aim of this conference is to look at the needs of traveller offenders and how we can improve outcomes for this group under the new arrangements.
This will be of interest to commissioners, providers and equalities officers. We are keen to see prime providers, voluntary organisations and community groups from the traveller communities.
The event will be at BTEG’s office; 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP.
BTEG on-line survey of young black men in London
We need to find young black men in London who will take a quick on-line survey to tell us about their experiences of employment, unemployment and job searching?
We are trying to reach as many people as possible who are:
• Young - aged 16 to 24
• Black - of African, Caribbean or Mixed heritage
• Living in London
The unemployment rate for young black men in England is currently 50% (compared with 22% for young white men). The findings from this survey will help inform a new multi-agency action plan to tackle this crisis facing our young men.
"Be the change in the community you want to see."
Salaam Peace is an East London based social enterprise working with marginalised young people through sport and positive activities.
The next page has a link to their website and a recent programme on the Olympic legacy in east London in which their work was featured
BTEG has been leading a series of community consultation events on behalf of the Race Equality Coalition (a group of more than 30 civil society organisations working in the area of race equality) in response to the Home Secretaries consultation on police stop and search powers.
The links below are to the over-arching project report and ten individual event reports that were produced as part of the process. We are looking forward to the Home Office’s response to the consultation.
Supplementary schools and careers education
Friday 20 September
10:00 am to 12:00
Methodist Church House,
25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR
Parents want their children to be successful and to be socially mobile. However; making the right choices at the right time is not easy without the good quality guidance and advice.
Much of the guidance and advice is currently ad-hoc and limited. Schools often provide limited careers support and naturally encourage pupils to enter Sixth Form and may be less inclined to highlight vocational routes such as apprenticeships.
We believe it is essential that young people get positive advice and support from parents, teachers and importantly from successful BME people before they make their choices. Supplementary schools play a key role in developing young people academically and stimulating their vocational interests. BTEG wants to support supplementary schools in helping young people make informed choices about university, jobs, careers and apprenticeships. Importantly we want to connect young people with successful men and women so that young people have the opportunity to ask questions about how they succeeded in their chosen occupation.
BTEG is working to submit bids to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the John Lyons Trust with an aim to develop a service that supports supplementary schools with careers education. The service could include components such as:
- An accessible and interactive managed website with a 1-2-1 service
- Online resources and career fact sheets (featuring BME success stories)
- Local career workshops and fairs
- Work experience placements
No Work, No Status
No work no status: the impact of the economic downturn on London’s BAME communities is the latest research report from BTEG. The title summarises the feeling of not belonging of those unemployed who participated in the 18 months research.
Highlights of the report indicate:
The psychological impact of unemployment on individuals, which can be harsh and devastating;
That overcoming barriers and obstacles to getting back into employment requires tenacity and opportunism;
Key concerns about how to get the most out of the support structure and re-engagement possibilities that exist;
That support structures such as JobCentre Plus were not overly supportive, that they were less interested in the person and more incline to ‘tick boxes’ and get them out and onto “useless jobs that don’t pay any real money.”
BAME people have higher levels of unemployment and are becoming increasingly dependent on state/welfare benefits;
That some NEET related programmes are ineffective and questionable as to supporting transition into employment;
That some BAME communities do not recognise apprenticeships as being of ‘equal’ status to an academic qualification and so prefer to encourage their young people to aspire to academia.
The report’s conclusion is that unless there is a marked reduction in the rate and level of unemployment amongst BAME, there is a danger that this cycle will continue over future generations.
An executive summary of the report can be downloaded below.
No Work, No Status executive summary
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