All the BTEG - Black Training and Enterprise Group - news for November 2014
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Issue 31 - November 2014

Jeremy Crook OBE writes:

Jeremy Crook

BTEG and the Centre for Social and Economic Inclusion hosted a stimulating event on entrepreneurship in October, exploring ways in which we could boost entrepreneurship in BAME communities. Entrepreneurship is not an easy option. Many unemployed people trying to make the transition into self- employment need to be focused, determined and supported effectively at the right time It’s clear that providers of start-up support should spend more time assessing the suitability of individuals expressing a desire to start a business as the dropout rates can be high..

Opening Doors Network (ODN), BTEG’s enterprise programme – funded by DCLG and Trust for London and delivered in partnership with three organisations in London - has completed its first year. We are learning a great deal about the needs of entrepreneurial unemployed people. Many participants struggle to complete their business plans and our partners are trying different ways of supporting participants to complete them.

ODN has now hosted two networking events and it is great to see individuals taking time out to meet with participants from different boroughs, established businesses and finance organisations. The most recent event was a speed networking event.

Over the past four years BTEG has been supported by the Ministry of Justice in establishing and supporting a national BAME voluntary and community network, providing a voice into the MoJ. We now have 38 organisations in our network but only a handful appear to have meaningful contracts with public bodies and/or large tier-one contractors. This remains a concern for BTEG and the forthcoming review that has been led by Baroness Lola Young over the past year.

NOMS recently announced a new Infrastructure Grant 2015/16 which we welcomed. However, despite references to BAME communities in the tender specification, it looks almost certain that no application for this programme will include a BAME infrastructure organisation. BTEG could not apply by itself and we have not been approached by any of the mainstream infrastructure organisations to add value to their bids. From our perspective we think infrastructure provision should lead by example and demonstrate diversity of perspectives and support. It is unlikely that the racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system will be solved if there is no BAME organisation charged with influencing large providers to do better for BAME offenders.

Our Routes2Success programme continues to successfully reach out to young people. During Black History Month they travelled the country, along with R2S role models, delivering events through a variety of venues including schools, prisons and pupil referral units.

I will finish with a plug for our last event national event of the year on Apprenticeships and BAME communities – we need to ensure we find new ways to increase the number of BAME apprenticeships in this country which currently stands at 10%. Please do come along and hear from a range of apprenticeship providers and policy makers.


Apprenticeships for ethnic minorities: tackling the key challenges

8 December 2014

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The number of apprenticeships has grown over the last decade and they are an increasingly important route into high quality jobs and careers.

However, only 10% of apprentices come from ethnic minorities. This proportion has been static for the last four years, despite many more ethnic minority young people leaving school with good GCSEs and applying for apprenticeships, and despite the fact that almost one-quarter of the candidates registered on the Apprenticeship Vacancies system are from ethnic minorities. 

There has never been a better time to accelerate our efforts to ensure that all young people have an opportunity to succeed as apprentices.

Inclusion and BTEG are holding an event on 8th December to stimulate debate, share best practice and encourage greater use of the available levers to deliver equal opportunities in apprenticeships for all young people, irrespective of their personal characteristics.

Speakers will include:

Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Employment Team Labour Party

Tanya Lawes, BIS Policy Advisor, Apprenticeships Policy and Strategy Team

Julie Hutchinson, Director, Employment and Skills, ELBA

Gary Zetter & Jade Lawrence, mitie plc.

Yasmin Damree-Ralph, JTL Training

Marc Brown, Director of Quality & Training Provision, Step Ahead

Jeremy Crook OBE, Director of BTEG and Chair of BIS Apprenticeships Advisory Group 

Dave Simmonds OBE, CEO of Inclusion

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News and Updates


Busy Times for the Routes2Success Team

The Routes2Success team have been busy with events during Black History Month as well as getting R2S Local Projects off the ground.

During October the Routes2Success (R2S) team were inundated with responses from schools and prisons inviting R2S role models to engage with young people through presentations and workshops. 

Our first event took place on 1st October 2014 at St Andrew’s Primary School in Islington. R2S role model Tony Henry inspired the young pupils with an assembly which focused on why we celebrate Black History Month.

Between the 1st October and 14th November the R2S team hosted twenty events all over England; from London to Bristol, Manchester, Hemel Hempstead and Nottinghamshire. The responses from the role models who engaged with the young people, the staff at the institutions and the young people were all very encouraging and positive.


‘Routes2Success delivered a positive and upbeat presentation thanks to their role models. Our young men were engaging and opened up their thoughts and feelings about what their future holds outside of prison.’

Emily Niroomand-Rad, Safer Custody and Equalities at HMP Wayland.


“I think that the event was very motivating for me and my fellow class students. It really encouraged me to do better and to be better in life.”

Student from Highbury Grove School


Not only have we managed to further inspire young people during this month, but we have built up some good relationships with prisons and schools and will be going back to work with the young people.

We also had our first event at Hammersmith and Fulham Youth Offending Service (YOS) and hope that this will encourage more YOSs to use our free service.

R2S Local Development Officer, Collette Noel, has also been working hard to generate interest from motivated young black males to start their own local project. Collette has been liaising with local community groups and has two groups of young men aged between 20 and 25 who will be pitching their ideas to the R2S panel to secure £500 to help them kick start their own project. It has been great to talk to these young men and see their entrepreneurial spirits shine. We have also started a local project with the students at Hatch End High School.

On 11th December the R2S team will be hosting an employment and apprenticeship event in partnership with Hackney CVS Talent Match and Peabody Trust on the Pembury Estate in Hackney. We will have lots of opportunities for young people aged 16-24 years old to learn employment skills and how to secure an apprenticeships as well as having apprenticeship providers and employers to get advice from on the day.

If you know of any young men aged between 16-24 years old who would be interested in attending this event, please tell them to get in touch with the R2S team: or call on 020 7832 5832.


BTEG Criminal Justice Network News


Youth Justice Board seeks examples of good practice with Young BAME people

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The Youth Justice Board is seeking to identify programmes and projects delivering effective outcomes with BAME young people. Further details here or call Mark Blake on 0207 832 5807


Duggan family lose appeal

The family of Mark Duggan lost their appeal against the Coroners lawful killing verdict at the Inquest into Mark’s death last year.  The High Court judges rejected the family’s grounds for appeal that the Coroner had not properly instructed the jury on making their decision. An investigation by the IPPC into the incident continues.


Howard league report uncovers cost of tagging young offenders under ISS

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The Howard League for Penal Reform has investigated the process under which young offenders under the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Orders are being breached and sent to prison, for breaking the requirements of their orders. These orders often combine curfews, with electronic tagging. Although the measures are intended to support young people many find it impossible to comply with the conditions and end up breaching the order and being sent to jail. 
Read more.



Police are targeting thousands of political campaigners in surveillance operations

The Guardian reports that the police are targeting thousands of political campaigners in surveillance operations and storing their details on a database for at least seven years. The intelligence recorded includes ­private information about activists ­gathered through surveillance. It is being stored without the knowledge of the people monitored.


Home Office expands ending gang and youth violence programme

The Home Office have invited an additional 10 local authorities to join the programme. The 10 authorities are: Barnet; Bromley; Kensington and Chelsea; Hillingdon; Havering; Luton; Stoke on Trent; Ipswich; Thanet; and Tendring.



Former Met Police fire arms officer tells of she was victim vindictive smear campaign

Former Met Police Carol Howard has won her Employment Tribunal against the Metropolitan Police. Read her interview with the Guardian.

Opening Doors Network News


Speed Networking Event

The Opening Doors Network (ODN) held its second networking event in October at Bathtub 2 Boardroom in the City.

With over 25 attendees, it was an opportunity for participants on the programme (funded by Department for Communities and Local Government and Trust for London) to meet other more established entrepreneurs.

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Holding the event at Bathtub 2 Boardroom, meant that their members (recent start-ups supported with subsided workspace and mentoring) could meet ODN participants and share experiences of their own start-up journey with our budding entrepreneurs.

Some wonderful food was provided by Agogos Catering – who are themselves a recent start-up – they also took a bit of time out to network with ODN participants sharing their knowledge of starting a business.

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Opening Doors Network is designed to offer self-employment to young people in London’s black and minority ethnic communities, but the age range has been extended upwards due to demand.

Participants work through seven ‘zones’ with workshops conducted by experts and task-based learning. There is a strong emphasis on networking with established entrepreneurs and industry representatives – whether it is the local garage or a representative from a major bank.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Opening Doors Programme, then have a look at our website, follow us on twitter @openingdoorsnet or contact the Programme Director Indra Pooran,

News From Around the Sector


Royal Academy of Engineering’s Visiting Professors scheme

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The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Visiting Professors scheme is open for new applications. The purpose of this industry-into-academia scheme is central to one of our strategic aims: to enhance student learning and the employability and skills of UK engineering graduates.

Under the scheme, senior industry practitioners deliver face-to-face teaching and mentoring at the host university. They may also contribute to postgraduate teaching, curriculum development (such as the development of new modules and programmes) and strategy development. The award provides the host university with support for their Visiting Professor worth £10,000 over three years.

More information and an online application form.


Briefing on the new Immigration Act

The Healthwatch network has teamed up with Doctors of the World UK to produce a briefing on the new Immigration Act, in terms of its impact on health and social care.

Key changes under the Immigration Act 2014 include:

  • Expanding the types of groups of people who are liable for charges for healthcare to include any migrant who does not have permanent residence – unless they are exercising European free movement rights.
  • Introducing a new ‘Healthcare Levy’ for migrants - a charge which, once paid, will cover the costs of NHS healthcare for that person during their stay.
  • Introducing new provisions which would require private landlords to carry out immigration status checks on potential tenants to make sure that they are entitled to be in the country.


Top UK social enterprises are in the running for a share of £30k

The RBS SE100 Index has announced the names of 27 social ventures shortlisted for its annual awards event.

The winners will be revealed by five leaders in the social sector including the founder and CEO of People Tree, Safia Minney, the Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP and Ian Cowie, chairman of SME banking at RBS/Natwest during the UK’s social investment conference Good Deals later this month. Read more


What does Wigan 'racism' row mean for black managers?

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Wigan’s new manager is being investigated over racism claims and its owner faces similar allegations. But Channel 4 News asks - does Malky Mackay's appointment at Wigan Athletic hint at a larger problem in football? Read their report here


The right of charities to campaign should be protected, says ACEVO

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ACEVO’s general election manifesto calls for government to think less about the big society and concentrate on a free society where charities have the right to campaign. Read the full story in Third Sector.



Joseph Rowntree Foundation launches its annual report on Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion

The report looks at how the economic recovery is affecting people in poverty, with specific reference to money, housing, work, benefits and services.

The full report can be downloaded here and an infographic highlighting the key points can be downloaded here


Free IT Training

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If you are 16-25, unemployed, living in Brent and interested in a career in I.T. the Prince’s Trust has free training programme where you can:

  • gain a nationally recognised qualification - City & Guilds - Level 1 Award in IT Systems Support and PC Maintenance 
  •  meet industry specialists and learn about careers in IT
  • have an opportunity to be invited to a  job interview
  • access post programme work experience and apprenticeship opportunities
  •  receive six months' support after the programme to help you find a job

This programme runs from the 1st December until the 12th December 2014 and there is a taster day on 27 November. Read more here.

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