All the BTEG - Black Training and Enterprise Group - news for January 2015
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Issue 32 - January 2015

Jeremy Crook OBE writes:

Jeremy Crook

2014 was a challenging year for our sector, but which years haven’t been? Together, though, through a great deal of both individual and collective energy, we have been able to provide the services and work towards the solutions that are so needed.

This year, however, presents a new, probably unprecedented, challenge.

In the past British elections were a binary choice; the new government was either going to be Labour or Conservative. Both sides could be lobbied to try and get them to include in their manifestos commitments that would benefit our sector.

Since 2010 that’s all changed. Going into that election it seemed to be business as usual but after the votes were in it was all up for grabs. The eventual coalition between Conservatives and LibDems led to policy compromises and a new agreement.

This time we have the uncertainly going into the election:

  • Labour and Conservative are playing nip and tuck in the opinion polls, so is it likely that either side can win an outright majority? The Electoral Calculus website suggests that there is a 50% chance of a hung Parliament.  One recent YouGov poll puts each party at 33%. You can test other scenarios with the UK Polling Reports Swing Calculator .
  • Will the SNP, UKIP, Ulster Unionists or the Greens hold the balance of power?
  • Regardless of what’s in each party’s manifesto, what will be the programme of a cobbled together coalition?
  • Not knowing what that programme will be or who will be presenting it how can we hope to influence its content?

There’s said to be an old curse “May you live in interesting times”.

Well, this year is certainly going to be interesting.

January has proved to be a tragic month in London, with 10 murders including three teenagers.

One of the victims was a young man I met in Hackney just before Christmas during a couple of focus group sessions BTEG (plus HCVS & Urbanis Ltd) had hosted on how best to support young black men into employment and self-employment. I don’t know what his short life journey had entailed, but I was told he had been doing positive activities with young people and was trying to carve out a better future for himself using the skills he had. It’s important that we have a public and voluntary sector that can provide opportunities for young people that are trying to carve out a better life for themselves.

On a more positive note BTEG has secured a three year grant from City Bridge Trust for a new volunteer programme, called ‘Capital Volunteers’ aimed at young people and BAME voluntary and community organisations in London.

News and Updates

Free Apprenticeships conference report

In partnership with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (Inclusion), BTEG hosted a one-day conference in December 2014 to look at ways of increasing BAME participation in Apprenticeships. BAME people continue to be under-represented in Apprenticeships. BAME people make up about 15 per cent of the working age population in England but only 10 per cent of all the people who start an Apprenticeship.

The conference was sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and speakers included Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Employment Team Labour Party, David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, Tanya Lawes, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) along with Apprenticeship employers and training providers.

A conference report is available which summarises the issues which were raised and discussed at the conference and presents recommendations arising from the conference for what should happen now to increase ethnic minority participation in Apprenticeships.


Moving on Up - a new employment programme aimed at young black men

BTEG is delighted that Trust for London and City Bridge Trust have selected six new projects across London to support hundreds of young black men (YBM) into work over the next two years. The ‘Moving On Up’ programme is a radical departure from traditional one size fits all employment programmes which have tended to perform less well for YBM. BTEG has also been funded through the initiative to develop an interface between Moving on Up and the government departments and other relevant agencies in order to influence policy and programmes to improve employment outcomes for YBM in London. 

For more information contact

Capital Volunteers

A new project from BTEG

Capital Volunteers is a new project,  funded by City Bridge, that  will enable 195 BAME individuals to be better equipped to volunteer and maximise the opportunity presented to them in their placement. It will also support 25 existing volunteers per year, already placed and volunteering for BAME organisations, by offering local workshops to enable them to realise their potential, maximise the value of their placement and support them with their personal development so that they develop core competencies and remain committed to volunteering.

As well as individuals the project will strengthen 25 established BAME organisations in London to be better placed to take on volunteers and to maximise this resource. We will host local workshops for 25 London BAME organisations per year that currently use or intend to use volunteers to enable them to better understand the needs and motivations of volunteers, how to better manage and support their volunteer base as well as how to recruit the right person for a volunteering role.

For more information contact



A Great End to 2014 for the Routes2Success Team

The Routes2Success team were very busy during the end of 2014 and are now looking forward to a productive 2015!

The end of our second year of the project was one to be proud of; we have inspired over 1800 young people over the two years that the project has been running.  

Pembury hookup

Our last event for 2014 took place on Thursday 11th December 2014 at The Pembury Estate in Hackney.

This apprenticeship and employment event was in partnership with Hackney CVS Talent Match and Peabody Trust. It provided a great opportunity for young people from Hackney to network with R2S role models Bola Abisogun, Hepburn Harrison-Graham and David Sterling as well as apprenticeship and employment providers such as Network Rail, DiVA, Building Lives and Just IT. We also invited the social network company Slenky who work with young people to connect them to corporate companies such as Virgin. It was lovely to see so many young people turn up to an evening event and networking.

Young people

“I think it was a good turn out from people a lot of good networking. Very productive for the young people.” Callum Kerruish, young male from Hackney.

“It was a very good event, it was something new within Pembury. I found it very enjoyable. Keep bringing more events please.” Young person from the Pembury Estate.

The R2S team thoroughly enjoyed working with all the organisations and young people in 2014 and are really looking forward to new endeavours in 2015.

If you know of schools, PRUs, community groups, colleges, universities or churches/faith groups that would like to have a R2S session or event for the young people that they work with, please tell them to get in touch with the R2S team / 020 or call on 020 7832 5832.


BTEG Criminal Justice Network News


The role of faith groups in improving outcomes for offenders

The Government has set out a dynamic new path for the criminal justice system placing the objective of reducing the UK’s poor record in reoffending at the heart of its plans. With the advent of the Transforming Rehabilitation programme and the recent launch of the Young Review on improving outcomes for young black and/or Muslim men in the Criminal Justice System this is a good time to explore how we can make real progress for these offenders and particularly the role of faith groups in aiding this.

BTEG, along with partners, has two events in March exploring this issue. They are:

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Improving outcomes for Muslim offenders in London

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 from 10:30 to 15:15

BTEG and Osmani Trust  are hosting this event to bring together community groups, prison chaplains and staff, civil servants, charitable trusts, private sector providers, leaders in the area of offender management and ex-offenders/ offenders to explore we can improve outcomes for Muslim offenders and support the government’s objective of reducing reoffending.

Read more about the event and how to book here

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Reducing reoffending – the role of Christian based voluntary groups

Thursday, 19 March 2015 from 10:30 to 15:15

BTEG with Way4ward Solutions is hosting this event to bring together Christian-based community groups, churches, prison chaplains and staff, civil servants, charitable trusts, private sector providers, leaders in the area of offender management and ex-offenders/ offenders to explore the role of the Christian faith and Christian based community groups in supporting the  government’s objective of reducing reoffending.      

 Read more about the event and how to book here


Baroness Lola Young releases final report from her review

In December the final report of the Young Review was successfully launched. Both Simon Hughes MP Minister of State of Justice and Civil Liberties and Michael Spur CEO of NOMS both committed their support to the reports aims of improving outcomes for young black and/or Muslim males.


Police integrity consultation launched

The Home Secretary has launched a consultation on proposals to change Police disciplinary processes improve complaints procedures and protect whistle-blowers.



Radio 4 programme on prison violence

File on 4 radio documentary on the increasing levels of violence in UK prisons


Violence at Feltham remains a major problem

An HMIP report highlights ongoing problem of violence and gangs at the YOI in West London.


Opening Doors Network News


One year into the programme

The Opening Doors Network (ODN) programme, funded by Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Trust for London, is aimed predominantly at young people aged 18-30 to support them into self-employment. It has now been running for over a year.

In this time, we have seen over 100 people participate on the programme, with 80% completing the training.  Supported with one-to-one advice sessions, nearly a third of those completing have registered their business and/or are now trading..

An independent evaluator carried out the interim evaluation in November/December 2014.  The overall conclusion stated that:

“The ODN project is performing very well. Project delivery is on track and it is highly likely that target numbers for participant recruitment and business start-up outcomes will be achieved by the end of the project period. There will need to be a stronger focus on sustainability during year two of the project to ensure that the ODN programme can continue in some form.”

All ODN partners are now recruiting and starting to train their third groups of ODN participants. ABi started a new group on 27th January and BTEG went along to meet the participants:

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Our other partners, PJ’s Community Services and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, begin training new groups in early February.

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


CSO Director vacancy

The Council of Somali Organisations currently has a vacancy for a Director.

Contract Duration:  Contract ends March 2017 (Contract subject to funding) - Monday to Thursday

Salary: Full time equivalent £42,000 plus pension.

The Council of Somali Organisation (CSO) is an infrastructure organisation based in London Kings Cross and designed to build a strong and effective voice for the Somali community in London.  Since its inception it now works actively with up to 70 Somali organisations each of them providing front line services.

For further information and to access the online application form click here

Deadline for applications: 23rd February 2015 10.00 am

If you have any questions please email


Jamaica has the highest proportion of women managers globally

The Voice reports that a new study by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has found that Jamaica has the highest proportion of women managers globally. It found that the proportion of women managers in Jamaica stood at 59.3 per cent, while the United Kingdom is at 41st with 34.2 per cent.


Volunteer Centre Hounslow to close

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The centre, which has operated in the London borough since 1977, lost the local authority contract to provide volunteering services and will close in March.

Third Sector has the full story here


International social enterprise: the top five stories of 2014

Last year’s top international social enterprise stories in the Guardian featured social start-ups in Pakistan, the UK social enterprises expanding abroad and a look at whether garment factory working conditions have improved since Rana Plaza.

Read the Guardian’s report here




Big Venture Challenge 2015 call is open

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Big Venture Challenge is looking for another 40 outstanding social entrepreneurs who are committed to scaling up their social impact. This is the final year of the three year Big Lottery funded programme, so this opportunity may not be repeated.

The programme supports ambitious, ‘high potential’ social entrepreneurs to raise investment and rapidly grow their ventures by building a compelling growth story, finding investors, making strategic connections and supporting the entrepreneur during the journey.

Further details can be found here


Skills for Health launches online training resource

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Skills Platform, a government-funded online training and development resource for the charity, social enterprise and health sectors, has been launched by the sector skills council Skills for Health..

Skills Platform gives charities and health sector organisations advice and guidance on sourcing, comparing and purchasing training and related consultancy services.


Charity Comms is looking to appoint two elected trustees

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CharityComms is a membership network for communications professionals working in UK charities. They help raise the standards of communications across the sector, fly the flag for communications as a vital strategic function at the heart of charities, and connect communications professionals through sharing best practice.

They are looking for comms professionals within the charity sector to join their board and make an active contribution to the development of the organisation.

Further details can be found here



Deadline for black history in schools petition is next month

Stephanie Pitter is urging people to sign an e-petition to make black history a mandatory element of the national UK primary curriculum. Time is tight but it can still be done before next month’s deadline if everyone adds their name to an online petition.

To read more on the story go The Voice


Where have all the donations gone?


In Third Sector Stephen Cook reviews The Great Charity Scandal: What Really Happens to the Billions We Give to Good Causes? By David Craig that outlines some familiar gripes about charities.

Read the review here


New strategic alliance for employment and skills

NIACE and the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion have announced a new strategic alliance. The new partnership will provide a ground-breaking offer across the employment and skills sectors, with a strong focus on the economic growth and social inclusion agendas of both organisations.

Read more about this new partnership here

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