All the BTEG - Black Training and Enterprise Group - news for April and May 2013

In this issue:

Issue 22 - April/May 2013

Jeremy Crook OBE writes:

Jeremy Crook

I was honoured to be a judge at the University of East London’s E-Factor Enterprise competition earlier this month in Canary Wharf. A young woman with a great idea for children’s e-books promoting global healthy foods and multiculturalism won the £6,000 prize. I hope other FE and HE institutions are boosting business growth by inspiring their learners to be entrepreneurs.

April marked the 20th Anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder and the iconic Doreen Lawrence OBE, Stephen’s mother, reminded the Coalition Government that race equality is disappearing of the political landscape at a time when the unemployment for young black men has reached 50%.

Shockingly seven young men have been killed this year by other young men. BTEG has urged the Frances Done, chair of the Youth Justice Board, to take positive action to help to reverse the growing number of young black men in youth offending institutions. However, we are encouraged by the leadership the YJB is now demonstrating this issue. The YJB has been very successful in recent years at reducing to total number of young people in custody to less than 2000.

I was recently appointed chair of the Department for Business, innovation and Skills External Equalities Advisory Group. The group was set up in 2009 to advise BIS on equality and diversity implementation and to challenge the department to do take action on mainstreaming equality and diversity. The advisory group is comprised of experts from the public, private and voluntary sector. In essence the challenge for BIS is to remove barriers that prevent women, black and minority ethnic people, disabled people and other protected groups from participating at all levels in our companies and universities.

These are difficult times for all sectors but we have to remain optimistic and resilient BTEG wants to do all we can with our partners to support young people. Our conference on young people and social mobility is important. We hosted a small delegation of indigenous Australians recently; they had been sponsored by the private sector to undertake a study tour to North America and Europe. Their programme was set up to increase their representation in Australia’s universities from 1% to 2% in line with their population profile. Each undergraduate student receives 36 weeks work experience with their sponsored employer. We certainly need a programme like that here for young BME people.

Thank you for supporting our activities.

News about BTEG

Panorama and Sol Campbell highlight the plight of young black men

BTEG was featured on BBC’s Panorama programme on 13 May presented by Sol Campbell, it highlighted the crisis facing the country and another generation of young black men and the barriers they face in finding jobs.

Although unemployment has risen for all young people, the relatively far higher rates for young black people have been there for a long time. In 2012 the unemployment rate for black young people was 49 per cent; 2.2 times higher than for white young people.

Jeremy Crook OBE, Director of Black Training and Enterprise Group, who also appeared on the programme, says: ‘The time has come for schools, FE and HE institutions to put in place clear pathways from their institutions to employers. Young black men need to find out from colleges and universities before they enrol on a course how many people that look like them found employment as a result of completing the course. Employers also need to ask themselves whether they are doing enough to attract talented young black men’

The Panorama programme is available here until 13 May 2014

National Conference 23 May, London - Book Now!

Young People & Social Mobility:
can we do more in the Voluntary Sector?

Keynote Speaker: Simon Woolley CEO of OBV

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) voluntary sector has a long track record of supporting young people in areas such as personal development, education, leisure, information, advice and guidance.

However, despite the support offered, many young BAME people are still not making sufficient progress on the social mobility ladder that we all want to see. Why is this?

This free event will:

  • examine the context in which organisations are operating

  • examine whether the services on offer help young people to succeed in a competitive education and labour market

  • explore practical ways in which the BAME sector can involve young people in shaping services in the future.

Speaker and workshop topics include:

  • The young person’s perspective: what do BAME young people need and what is preventing greater social mobility?

  • The organisation perspective: the challenges facing the BAME sector

  • How to ensure the supply of services is matching the demand from young people

  • How to capture impact and change of our services

  • How to get more young people involved in the planning and management of projects

  • Building on our success and our collective social capital

The event will be a combination of inspirational speakers, interactive and practical workshops and a ‘Question Time’ session with prominent panel members giving you an opportunity to ask questions directly.


For more information click here


Routes2Success is now recruiting a volunteer force of 30 role models in England to inspire young black males of African, Caribbean and Mixed origin

The good news there is an improvement with the educational attainment at GCSE level for black boys in recent years. But black boys still lag behind other ethnic groups and Routes2Success (R2S) will inspire black boys to strive for more. We also acknowledge the struggle for young black men to enter the labour market and secure good jobs. TR2S black male role models will keep on inspiring these young black males to keep up the hard work and dedication.

The Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) are hosting a Role Model Recruitment Reception Evening on Tuesday 21st May 2013 at their office, to recruit black professional males who are willing to commit and volunteer their time to make a difference to the next generation.

The event entitled: You can make a difference to the future of young black males, aims to inform potential role models about their roles on the R2S programme; to share our vision for R2S and encourage successful black men to serve as volunteer role models. The evening is due to start prompt at 6:30pm and end at 8:00pm.

It will be a great opportunity to network with other successful black males who care about the young people and want to play a part in shaping a better the future for them.

Venue: 200a Pentonville Road, N1 9JP (Entrance via Voluntary Action Islington)

To book a place please contact or click here

BTEG Criminal Justice Network News

Transforming rehabilitation, Government response released

The Government’s response to its transforming rehabilitation consultation process has been released. BTEG was disappointed to see the response had not recognised the depth of the challenge faced to ensure BAME offenders access equal outcomes from the process. We will be following this up with the MOJ and NOMS.

A copy of the response can be found here


Liverpool consultation with BAME groups and PCC

BTEG is supporting a conference in Liverpool in partnership with One North West and the Al-Ghazali Centre to explore with the newly elected Police and crime commissioner issues around Policing affecting BAME communities.

Further information can be found here


Transforming youth custody

BTEG’s response to the above consultation, which outlines the development of secure colleges placing education at the heart of custodial service delivery for young offenders, can be found here.

BTEG has highlighted our concern at the growing proportion of those young people locked up in the youth estate are from BAME backgrounds. Clearly there is a growing divide between black and white in the youth justice system. We will be producing our own briefing paper on youth justice before the end of the summer.



Independent commission into mental health and policing - race equality key aspect

The report of the Commission chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale – available here - gives a number of recommendations to the Metropolitan police on how they deal with people with mental health issues. The report was commissioned after a number of deaths in custody cases, involving individuals with a history of mental illness.

Policy and Research


The Mayors Mentoring Programme

The Mayor’s Mentoring Programme (MMP) was re-launched in November 2012 under a new project management arrangement between Rocket Science Ltd and BTEG Ltd. The initiative is focused at improving the life chances of black boys (10-16yrs) in London boroughs disproportionately affected by youth crime.

The MMP will provide 12-month mentoring relationships to 1,000 boys who are at risk of offending, or of not being in education, employment or training. In particular, the outcomes envisaged through the mentoring relationships are:

  • Positive destination for mentee after 6 and 12 months (i.e. in education / employment / training);

  • Improvement in mentee attitude towards, and increased engagement with education / employment / training (including third party feedback from teacher, parent etc.);

  • Improvement in mentee self-confidence and communication skills.

Nine (9) Local Delivery Partners (LDPs) have been commissioned:

  • Kori (Haringey)

  • Soul (Waltham Forest)

  • Salmon Youth Centre (Southwark)

  • Tottenham Hotspur Foundation (Haringey)

  • Croydon BME Mentor Consortium (Croydon)

  • South London YMCA (Croydon & Lambeth)

  • Hackney CVS (Hackney)

  • BANG Edutainment (Brent)

  • Track Academy (Brent)

All projects are currently recruiting and training mentors. If you are interested in finding out how to become a MMP mentor please contact any of the following:

Karl Murray (BTEG): (Tottenham Hotspur Foundation; Croydon BME Mentor Consortium; South London YMCA);

Caroline Masundire (Rocket Science): (BANG Edutainment; Track Academy; Hackney CVS);

Shane Canning (GLA): (Kori; Soul; Salmon Youth Centre).

News From Around the Sector


EdUK8 Trust Awards Programme

The EdUK8 Trust aims to support talented young students from underprivileged backgrounds in higher education.

The EdUK8 Trust Awards Programme recognises the vision of talented young people and their demonstrated commitment and continued determination to achieve this vision. We provide up to £1,500 as a grant to support and inspire during their time at University.

Please visit our website for further information and to download an application form.


Voice4Change England / Voluntary Arts BME event

Are you a Black-led (African, African Caribbean, Asian) arts or heritage organisation struggling in these merciless recessionary times?

Voice4Change England and Voluntary Arts would like to invite you to a free event looking at the state of the Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary arts sector in London on 6 June. Come and network and link with other groups and find out what support is available. There will also be performances and interactive workshops.

Where: Resource for London Conference Hall, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA

When: 6 June 2013, 6pm to 9pm

Email or ring 0207 697 4240 to book your place


Graduate Internship Programme

Elevation Networks (EN) is an award winning youth employment charity that seeks to develop the leadership potential of young people to increase their employability.

This year, 2013-2014, they are offering a year-long Graduate Internship Programme (GIP) that provides entry level access to the third sector.

For more information click here


Age UK Islington Looking for New Trustees

Age UK Islington is seeking new recruits to the Board to improve sustainability and ensure the delivery of services which assist local older people to maximise their quality of life. They are looking to recruit a new Chair, a new Treasurer and a new Trustee.

For further information contact:

Kathrin Meyrick

Chair, AgeUK Islington


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