All the BTEG - Black Training and Enterprise Group - news for May 2014

In this issue:

Issue 28 - May 2014

Jeremy Crook OBE writes:

Jeremy Crook

In April BTEG and Inclusion held our 2nd annual national employment conference ‘Finding the best pathways to employment for ethnic minority jobseekers’. BTEG would like to thank the 60 participants, the speakers and our sponsors Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Roast Restaurant. Their support made it worthwhile.

Tim Riley reflects on some key themes that were discussed at the event here

Copies of the presentations can be found here

BTEG wants to see the government do more to close the employment rate gap between white and BAME individuals. The employment rate for BAME communities is a whole 13 percentage points lower than for the white population, and this gap in employment rates is actually up around 2 percentage points since May 2010, having fallen steadily over the previous decade.

BAME participants in the Work Programme are doing slightly better than white participants but certain groups are doing worse, such as young black men and some Asian women. We have to question if two years on the Work Programme is appropriate for everyone.

What young black men need is more interaction with employers. Lambeth Jobcentre and Race for Opportunity are a good example of this approach.

It was good to hear that Birmingham City Council is using their considerable procurement leverage over some of their suppliers to help south Asian women entrepreneurs.

It was great to spend a day with young black males and four of our R2S role models at the joint BTEG/Gift event in Manchester held at the Hideaway centre. The young women present also enjoyed the day which focus on enterprise. We are still looking to recruit volunteer role model from the North West and the midlands. The role models we work with certainly find it rewarding to see the young people responding and participating in the practical activities. I’d like to thank the young people that used a day of their half term to attend.

Finally, I am delighted to report that our Opening Doors Network enterprise programme funded by DCLG and Trust for London and delivered via three local partners Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, ABi Associates and PJ’s Community Services is supporting unemployed individuals to develop their ideas and execute them.

I am pleased to announce that Indra Pooran has joined us as BTEG’s ODN Programme Director.


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 BTEG’s key statistics here

News and Updates


Enterprise Workshops in demand!

Three of our R2S role models

Routes2Success role models have been in demand at colleges across London for their entrepreneurship expertise.

In the first quarter of 2014, the Black Training and Enterprise Group’s (BTEG’s) Routes2Success (R2S) team have had meetings and discussions with several colleges in London, Liverpool and Birmingham. So far, we have plans to start working with Greenwich College, Bromley College and Harrow College, who would like R2S enterprise role models to support their business students in delivering local projects, as well as advising them about how to put their innovative ideas into a ‘real’ business.

The first college Routes2Success session was at Harrow College on 12th March. This was a very useful session for the students who attended. It was initially an introduction to the programme and what the role models offer. However, it turned out to be a very engaging session where the young people expressed the need for more practical hands on experience in their particular field, for example construction, and the need for motivation. Going forward, the role models will be thinking about how best they can support these students in securing some hands-on experience and connecting them with people in that field.

'Made me think more about motivating myself and that if I do I will get somewhere'
Harrow College student

Enterprise day

Last month’s joint Enterprise Day with The Future of Croydon, held at the Croydon Conference Centre, was very encouraging. The young men who attended were refreshing and full of brilliant business ideas. It was clear to see that, with the right support and advice, these young men could have a bright future in business.

The R2S volunteer role models (Bola Abisogun and Gifford Sutherland) commented on the need for young men who wish to become entrepreneurs to be resilient and this message was taken on board by all. The networking that the young men did throughout the event seemed to have a positive effect and many of them said they would like to see more events like these.

“It was definitely a constructive event and positive experience. The whole thing gave me a lot of insight into business related matters that I knew nothing about and also helped to inspire me and give more momentum with my own endeavours in a practical way which was one of the things that I wanted to achieve but wasn't expecting to happen in such a way. Would definitely attend another”
One of the participants

The BTEG website is now updated and live. Routes2Sucess has its own pages - we will keep active and engage with young people after events.

Finally, if you know of any young men aged 16-25 who would be interested in attending our events, please tell them to get in touch with the R2S team  / 020 7832 5832.


Too cool, or just afraid of rejection?

Recently, a group of young men attended a Routes2Success enterprise session where they met with R2S role models and other young entrepreneurs. The young men discussed their interests and were given advice on the first steps of business.

After hearing some of the young men talk about their interests and passions one entrepreneur’s feedback was that he believed the young men’s’ approach was ‘too cool’ and that this was a problem for a lot of young people. Read more here


Your life is your business

Finger pointing

We say that we want a life full of Love, Joy, Peace, Happiness, Laughter, Harmony, Kindness, Patience. However, far too often we end up pointing the blame finger at any and everything else other than ourselves as to why we don’t have what we say we so desire.

How many times have you pointed the finger at your teacher, your parents, your friend, your worst enemy? Remember when you point your finger at someone else there are three fingers pointing back at you. Read more here

BTEG Criminal Justice Network News

Rehabilitation of offenders- new advice on spent convictions

The MOJ have released new guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act with guidelines on the issue of spent convictions.

Read the Guardian story here


Justice Committee interim report on the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme of reforms and competition

The Justice Committee has produced an interim report on the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms.

Read the conclusions and recommendations here


BTEG joins the T2A alliance

BTEG has joined the Transition to Adulthood Alliance (funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust) and will be delivering a race equality review into T2A work funded by Barrow Cadbury.

Visit the T2A website


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice


Most mornings I jog to work down the busy north London roads of Archway, Holloway Road and Caledonian Road to BTEG’s office in Kings Cross. Along the `Cally Road’ (as it’s known by to the locals) is one of London’s oldest prisons, Pentonville, which was opened in 1842 and houses around 1300 inmates.

My work at BTEG revolves around the justice/penal system and the over-representation of BAME groups within our jails and on the wrong side of the justice system. Running past one of London’s Victorian landmark jails often triggers thoughts of the lives caught up inside and what can be done to keep young people and particularly BAME young people out of these places.

Read more

News From Around the Sector


Council of Somali Organisations Staff Recruitment

CSO currently has two vacancies for a Business & Membership Development Manager (3 days P/W) and a Research & Development Officer – (2 days P/W).

These are fixed term contracts up to 24 months with full time equivalent £27,000 plus pension. Deadline for applications: 27th May 2014 at 10.00 am. Interview dates 10th and 12th June 2014. Further details and application pack available here


So what's in a name?

Sonia Brown, founder of the National Black Women’s Network (NBWN), said she believes that discrimination at the workplace can only be tackled when ethnic minority applicants are inside the organisation – so if they have to change their name to get a foot through the door, then so be it.

Read the full story at Eastern Eye


Reach Society’s 3rd Careers Conference

Clarke Carlisle, R2S role model Tony Wilson and Lord Herman Ouseley

In April theReach Society held their 3rd successful Careers Conference. Over 500 young people and their parents attended. It was great to see so many young people getting advice and encouragement from professional black men.

BTEG’s Routes2 Success team had a stall and our career factsheets proved very popular.

The UCFB Reach Society Scholarship was also launched.

Find out more about the event here


DSC’s May Fayre

Director of Social Change’s three day training event is on 21-22 May. It will have around 60 workshops, along with a funding websites demo and opportunities to network

Find out more here


Lord Mayor of London urges businesses to strengthen charities' infrastructure

Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of London, argues that companies should get more involved with community organisations rather than “dipping in and out”

Read the full story here


How-to guide: public relations for charities on a shoestring budget

The Guardian’s David Hamilton shows that even small charities with limited funds can manage their PR successfully here


Investigating the changing nature of civil society

The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data and Methods (Wiserd), at the University of Cardiff, has received more than £7m for research to help understand the changing nature of civil society. Read more here


New initiative to boost digital schools

IDEA (Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) is a new initiative to help young people aged 16-25 to improve their digital and entrepreneurial skills.

Find out more about the project here


Made by Apprentices

#Madebyapprentices is a national campaign to showcase the talent of the nation’s apprentices and the contribution they make to the economy and employers across the UK.  Find out more about how to get involved


Community enterprise: the power to change

Power to Change is a new Big Lottery Fund initiative that will invest up to £150 million to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises across England.

It will be delivered by an independent Trust which will be established later in 2014. Find out more here

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