ISSUE 20 - February 2013:
Please note that all 2012 newsletters are now available on the BTEG website
I am pleased to report on the success of our joint conference with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) that looked at strategies to tackle the high levels of unemployment amongst black, Asian and Minority ethnic (BAME) communities. This was a very important event because it sent a strong message to the Government from organisations that want to see a fairer labour market that a great deal more needs to be done to tackle the ethnic minority unemployment. Mark Hoban MP, the Minister for Employment, who opened the conference, recognised that there is a role for specialist BAME organisations in helping people into work, and he advised local organisations to have a dialogue with their local Jobcentre Plus Flexible Fund
Manager to find out how these funds can help BAME jobseekers without duplicating the jobcentres services.
BTEG certainly welcomes that message but we need DWP/Jobcentre Plus to be more accountable and transparent in sharing ethnicity data about jobseekers so that local organisations can see which groups need the most support. Another half a million jobs would need to be created to increase the ethnic minority rate to the overall rate. We heard from the National Apprenticeship Service that 26% of the on line applications for apprenticeships are from ethnic minorities but only 10% of apprentices in England are ethnic minority. With this rate of success you can see why 64% of young ethnic minority young people opt to stay in education rather than find a job compared to 44% of white young people.
This newsletter includes further information on the event, links to presentations of speakers which we put online on our website, and our joint statement with CESI which we issued to the DWP Minister reflecting on the issues and key concerns the conference brought up.
This month BTEG has published a new research report on statistical comparisons of African and Caribbean experiences in relation to employment, unemployment and access to university. Please also take note of our upcoming Criminal Justice System consultation event, which we organised jointly with the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) on the Mayor’s draft ‘Policing and Crime Plan for London: the race equality implications’ on 27 February. This event is free but early booking is advised as places are limited, please read on for further details.
Jeremy Crook OBE
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BTEG and CESI urge employment minister to tackle BAME unemployment
On 4th February 2013 BTEG and CESI (Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion) held an event at the Central Hall, Westminster called How do we increase ethnic minority employment?
It brought together 100 individuals and organisations from the private, public and voluntary sectors, practitioners and policy makers to try and identify strategies that are most effective in placing higher numbers of BAME minority jobseekers into sustained and rewarding work.
The conference aimed to facilitate the development of targeted action to reduce BAME unemployment and to identify practice that results in successful ethnic minority job outcomes. The ethnic minority employment rate continues to lag behind the overall rate (71.7%) by 11 percentage points, and according to the ONS, the unemployment rate for young black people aged 16 to 24 years is 44% compared to 19.9% for white young people.
Presentations of speakers are now available to download from the BTEG website.
In a joint statement BTEG and CESI called on the DWP Minister to
i. Create a new Departmental impact indicator to close the gap between employment rates for ethnic minorities and the overall population. One already exists for disabled people.
ii. Make available local Jobcentre Plus Jobseekers allowance data so that local communities can see which ethnic groups have the lowest employment rates.
iii. Target their local flexible funds to help specific groups of unemployed people
iv. Convince his Ministerial colleague in DBIS to publish apprenticeship diversity data (ethnicity/gender/disability) by region and industrial sector, and meet with the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network to mobilise employers to increase ethnic minority participation in apprenticeships.
v. Develop a national plan of action to encourage employers to recruit more young black males especially in key sectors of the economy such as engineering and construction where they remain under represented.
Dave Simmonds OBE, CEO of CESI, commented: ‘The Government, further and higher education institutions and employers have to work together to ensure that skills count in the labour market, especially for ethnic minorities, because there are still too many qualified people in low end employment. Ethnic minority unemployment remains twice the rate of white unemployment and this has not changed for two decades. We now want the Minister to set a new departmental performance indicator for ethnic minority employment.’
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Policy and Research
New BTEG Research Report
The labour market and African and Caribbean communities
This short report examines some statistical comparisons of African and Caribbean experiences in relation to employment, unemployment and access to university.
As well as concerns about education attainment and employment market trends, it also looks at statistics relating to the continued concern about the number of BAME people in the criminal justice system.
BTEG would like to hear your views on any of the questions below:
1. To what extent do statistics presented say more about Caribbeans and their lifestyle and aspirations than about ‘institutionalised’ factors when compared to their African counterparts who may share some of the social conditions?
2. The role and responsibilities of parents and ‘significant others’ (i.e. relatives) are important in setting the scene and framing the socialisation agenda. Could ‘significant others’ have a far greater impact on children? What do you think parents and/or ‘mentors’ can do to make a difference?
We would also like to hear from you as to whether the data produced in this document is of any practical value to you and if so, how?
Please send responses to Karl Murray, BTEG’s Head of Employment and Research at email@example.com
Equality and Diversity Forum call for evidence: Public Sector Equality Duty review
The Government’s review of the Public Sector Equality Duty is now expected to be concluded by June 2013, rather than the previous announced date of the end of April.
In order to respond to review, the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) is collecting details of examples of where the Equality Duty has worked well in local areas or within a specific authority.
EDF is particularly looking for examples, which show how the Equality Duty has enabled a public body to operate more efficiently and effectively. Examples may be small or large so long as they show how the Equality Duty has led or contributed to beneficial change such as a better targeted or more cost-effective service.
Please email your examples in any format to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Click here for details of the Equality Duty review and here for details on the Home Office website.
To learn more on the Equality Duty and its impact on voluntary organisations please consult the Equality Duty Support Package the EDF has published in order to help the Voluntary Sector organisations to use it effectively. It can also help you to have greater impact on the way that public bodies meet their responsibilities under the Equality Duty.
The package has been designed to be used on-line and although you can read the whole package from start to finish it may be more useful if you read the introduction and then pick and choose the sections that will most help you with your work. It can be accessed here.
London Councils: ‘Tracking the reforms’
Changes by the government to a number of vital social care, housing and welfare policies over the coming months and years will produce severe challenges for Londoners. London Councils is tracking government reforms with ongoing policy, research and lobbying work illustrating how this will affect London boroughs’ resources and the lives of Londoners once implemented.
The London Councils website also has an interactive timetable of benefits reform in London to May 2016. Although the dates for the reforms are in flux, as they do come into force, these pages are to be updated with consequences and scenarios to illustrate the specific impact on London. Click here for details.
Runnymede Bulletin: Disability and Ethnicity
The latest edition of the Runnymede Bulletin focused on Disability and Ethnicity is now available.
Key features include Ethnicity and the welfare reforms, Cancer care in BME Britain, Sight loss in minority communities, HIV and inequalities, Disability and theatre. Click here to read the Bulletin online.
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BTEG Criminal Justice NEWS
BTEG Roundtable on BAME women offenders held on 4 December 2012
BTEG held a roundtable event on Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women offenders on 4 December. The event was attended by 17 people representing a range of organisations including network members, representatives from prisons and charitable trusts. The report from the event will be available in on our website in March. We will be sharing it with National Offender Management Service and Ministry of Justice and the Corston funders group who are a group of charitable funders who support the development of services for women offenders in the community.
We share the perspective that women offenders should be supported to change their lives through community based centres and prison should be an option of last resort. BTEG wants to ensure that unlike too many developments in the justice system BAMER women offenders’ access equal outcomes from any initiatives.
New Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Funding Programme Launched
On 19 February the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) launched a new funding programme, Sharing Heritage, at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.
Sharing Heritage is a new funding programme to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area. With a commitment from HLF of £3m each year, grants between £3,000 and £10,000 will now be available to groups who want to discover their local heritage.
Sharing Heritage is a rolling programme; applications are received on an on-going basis and are assessed in eight weeks. Application materials and guidance can be found here.
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Every penny (really does) Count
On Tuesday the 19th February, BTEG hosted a workshop looking at how we in the sector can reduce our core costs through savings or pro-bono resources. It was aptly titled “Every Penny (really does) count” and was received really positively by the participants, with comments such “I was really blessed by every speaker. It is worth coming for, am better informed. Thank you for facilitating such a good session and keep the good work going.”
With fundraising and finance shortfalls persisting, and an increased demand for services, charities and community organisations are facing a very challenging year ahead. The learning from the workshop, as summarised by the participants, was to:
think about and negotiate better deals with energy and telecoms suppliers,
explore the concept of time banks and sharing resources and services,
look at free (open source) IT resources, such as Open Office
build relationships with corporates.
The workshop invited Raymond Erhijivwo from Fair Trade Business UK who spoke about securing more cost effective telecoms tariffs for charity and community organisations. Phil Flynn, of BTEG, also drew attention to how it is possible to supply much of your IT software needs at no cost.
Overall, participants felt that the session was an excellent contribution to helping with their financial planning.
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ROUTES2SUCCESS ROLE MODEL RECRUITMENT
Too many young males of African, Caribbean and mixed origin are not reaching their full potential in education and employment. Routes2Success (R2S) is an exciting new national programme, developed by BTEG, set up to tackle this challenge.
To make this programme a success, BTEG is seeking to recruit 30 volunteer role models. To find out what this involves click here. This will take you to an information pack relating to that role.
If you don’t want to apply but are interested in finding out more about the project, click here
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News about BTEG
New Member of Staff
This week BTEG welcomes Janine Goodin-Deer as a member of staff. Janine will be working on our new Routes2Success programme, which aims is to inspire young black (of African, Caribbean or Mixed origin) males aged 11-25 years to raise their aspirations and to reach their full potential in learning, employment and entrepreneurship.
Femi Bola MBE
BTEG is pleased to report that Femi Bola, one of our trustees, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Femi was recognised for her services to diversity. Staff and trustees, and we are sure our users, would like to offer our congratulations.
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