Issue 27 - February 2014
Jeremy Crook OBE writes:
BTEG gains a lot of satisfaction from meeting black boys and young black men through our Routes2Success (R2S) project which connects young black males with successful black men to discuss their career aspirations, employment and enterprise.
It is important that we create this space for young people and especially those young people that statistically face the greatest challenges securing good employment. Our recent press release highlights recent statistics which show 1 in 10 young black people dropout of University. We also know that young BAME people are under-represented in apprenticeships. So it’s clear to us that there needs to be a far greater focus on supporting young people to make careers choices in their best interests. We need to know why so many young people are dropping out of higher education and why relatively few secure apprenticeships.
I was concerned to see my good colleague Dr Rob Berkeley suddenly depart from the Runnymede Trust after several years of being at the helm of the organisation.
Naturally we wish Rob (and the Trust) all the best for the future. Rob is a talented individual and l certainly valued his ability to think differently about long standing problems. I know that Rob, Simon Woolley (CEO of Operation Black Vote) and I shared a serious concern about the future of national race equality organisations and in particular the fact that hardly any funders provide core funding for national race equality charities. In fact BTEG has only one funder that contributes towards our core resource needs.
If we believe it’s important to have national voices challenging policy makers and tackling racial inequalities in education, health, benefits system, employment, criminal justice and immigration then we need to have some viable charities to do the work and engage with communities, public bodies and the private sector.
For whatever reasons BAME-led national charities do not tick the boxes for Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and a relatively small number of charitable trusts list tackling racial inequalities as a priority.
It seems to me that if central government is no longer prepared to support this work then the only viable alternative is very large funders like the Big Lottery Fund. I think it’s fair to say that many national BAME charities have benefited from lottery funding over the years. This is certainly true for BTEG. But our current lottery funding is for a specific project (i.e.R2S). If the race equality sector is to attract and keep talented individuals we must find a way of releasing the leaders in our organisations to focus on the influencing policy makers and identifying effective solutions rather than burdened our CEOs disproportionally with fundraising and frontline delivery of projects.
Finding the best pathways to employment for ethnic minority jobseekers
Inclusion and BTEG are jointly hosting three one-day partnership events examining how to improve the labour market outcomes of people from ethnic minority backgrounds.
The three events taking place during 2014 will examine Employment, Entrepreneurship and Apprenticeships.
The first of these events will focus on Employment and will take place on Thursday 3 April. Esther McVey MP, Minister for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions will be one of the speakers along with Junior Johnson, Strategy and Policy Account Manager at the Department of Work and Pensions.
The event will focus on practical ways that providers, charities and government can support ethnic minority jobseekers into work. It will discuss the challenges faced by BME jobseekers and address 'ethnic penalties' that BME jobseekers face when trying to enter the job market and progress in employment.
You can find further information about the event here
Find labour market and education statistics for ethnic minority groups
You can use BTEG’s key statistics to find up to date statistics for population, education and labour market for each ethnic minority group. BTEG’s key statistics bring together the most recent statistics for ethnic minority groups to provide a quick and easy reference source for data on ethnic minorities.
Find out more about the key statistics and download the latest update here