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 Jeremy@bteg.co.uk.
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 Tebussum@bteg.co.uk
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.
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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 or call on 020 7832 5832.