All the BTEG - Black Training and Enterprise Group - Issue 36
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Issue 36

Jeremy Crook OBE writes:

Jeremy Crook

As the year draws to a close it’s useful to reflect on what we and our partners have achieved.

I was delighted that the Metropolitan Police Commissioners set up the new Strategy, Inclusion, Diversity and equality (S.T.R.I.D.E) Board with some external members including BTEG. The challenge now is to help the Met reflect London’s diversity at all levels and all departments and further reduce the level of stop and searches on young black men, tackle the increase in hate crimes and stop young people killing each other with knives.

Our work with young black males continues to grow and our 30 Routes2Success black male volunteer role models have directly connected and inspired hundreds of boys and young men in schools, PRUs, colleges and YOIs/prisons up and down the country. It was a pleasure to observe some of these sessions in prisons such as Wayland and The Mount. Following the publication of The Young Review last year, the Barrow Cadbury Trust continued to support us so we could focus on implementing the reviews recommendations and with their support attracted and the involvement of Baroness Young of Hornsey, two new funders came on board. The review aims to improve outcomes for young black and Muslim men in the criminal justice system. 

BTEG also continued to apply constructive pressure to the Youth Justice Board (YJB) and their new Chair. At the recent YJB convention it was good to see race equality put on the agenda of YJB leaders and youth justice practitioners by Baroness Young. We now need to see the YJB publish and implement a national action plan to reduce the unacceptably high number of young BAME people (43%) in the youth justice system.

In London, the new £1m Moving on Up (MOU) employment programme started and aims to help 550 young black men into employment. Six organisations have been funded by Trust for London and City Bridge Trust to place the young people into work. BTEG’s role is to work with the providers to ensure we learn about the experiences of employers and young black men. Strategically, the MOU initiative is supported by a new London Advisory Group which is comprised of key organisations in London including the GLA and Department for Work and Pensions. The LAG recently agreed its ambition was to increase the employment rate for economically active young black men in London by 20% - from 64% to 84% - by 2020. This mirrors the Government’s welcome ambition to increase BAME employment by 20% by 2020.

Our two year London enterprise pilot, Opening Doors Network, which involved three local providers, finished last month. We have learnt a lot about the barriers facing young unemployed seeking to start up a business and we have shared this with the funders.

Finally, we are partners in a European community enterprise initiative called Eliemental which tested an approach to reaching minority communities through community access points such as a local bakery or community centre and developed products to help individuals start up businesses.

I’d like to thank everyone that has worked with us this year and send my best wishes for 2016.

News and Updates


BTEG is now an approved BIG Assist supplier

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BIG Assist is a programme for infrastructure organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; delivered under contract to the Big Lottery Fund by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

The programme works to support infrastructure organisations based in England, to be more efficient, effective, sustainable and better able to adapt to the current and future operating environment. For more information on the BIG Assist programme visit the BIG Assist website.

BTEG has recently been approved as a BIG Assist Supplier to offer support to infrastructure organisations. We can be found in the BIG Assist ‘marketplace’ here

This recognition builds on over 20 years of supporting voluntary sector organisations to support their organisational development and sustainability.

For more information contact Tebussum Rashid:



Eliemental: Helping you to develop enterprise in your community.


The Eliemental project ran for three years and has been a partnership of universities, businesses and enterprise support agencies creating an EU-wide qualification in enterprise and employability with electronic resources to support the delivery of the qualification

The project was funded by the European Union Lifelong Learning Fund, and involved partners from the UK, Poland, Greece and Romania. We worked with over 150 people from groups vulnerable to social exclusion, including older women who have been out of the labour market, minority ethnic groups (Roma, Bengali and others), migrants, people with chronic health problems (including mental health issues), young people out of education and training, ex-offenders and recovering substance users.

On the 1st December 2015, a project closure event was hosted in Brussels which had high-profile speakers from across Europe, including business owners, MEPs and academics. The event included a number of workshops in which we shared the Eliemental approach to developing enterprise in disadvantaged communities.  This approach has gained tremendous momentum and has helped communities in the UK, Romania, Greece and Poland tackle a number of challenges within hyper-local areas, as evidenced by one trainee who commented recently: "Without the Eliemental enterprise training, I would not have done my business plan so well...I've tried it before on other courses and never managed to do it." 

The training materials will be available online on the BTEG website  or Eliemental website in the New Year.

A policy briefing has been written highlighting key finding and policy implications. 



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R2S in West Yorkshire

The Routes2Success team are excited that we have received further funding to reach out to young black males in West Yorkshire

The R2S team have been very busy this year, not only with our local projects but with ensuring that we expand our reach on a national level. So we were very pleased when Big Lottery agreed to fund a Project Support Officer in West Yorkshire. In addition we just received news that the Safer Communities Fund in Leeds have agreed to help fund R2S in Leeds for a further two months, which means we will have more of a capacity to reach and inspire young black males in West Yorkshire.

R2S meet up

Claude Hendrickson is our new R2S Project Support Officer for West Yorkshire; he is currently recruiting role models in Leeds, Huddersfield and Wakefield. We had our first role model training and induction day in Leeds on 26th September.

Seven successful black professional men attended the day, all from different professions such as barristers, teachers and youth workers and are ready to start inspiring the next generation of young black men.

“The day’s session was excellent. Thank you” Frankyln Zakers, Barrister.

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The day was filled with vital training such as safeguarding, delivered by consultant Annetta Bennett, presentation and facilitation skills by Programme Manager Brianna Cyrus and then, most importantly, sharing information about what is required by our role models at events.

It was a great opportunity for the men to find out more about the programme, our objectives and our successes to date.

We are hoping to have another training and induction day again in West Yorkshire with more enthusiastic black men who want to get involved. If you know anyone who would be interested or even simply wants more information, please tell them to get in touch with the R2S team or visit our website


Self-development through creative writing

Routes2Success Role Model DD Armstrong helps young black prisoners from HMP Wayland to publish their own collection of short stories

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R2S role model Dd Armstrong’s first visited HMP Wayland in October 2013 where he presented his story about how creative writing changed his life. Having being excluded from school just before his GCSE exams and getting involved in criminal activities Dd ended up in HMP Wandsworth on remand. While in prison Dd found a new love for reading and writing. After his release, having been found innocent of all charges, Dd decided to pursue a career in writing. He has since had his book ‘Lynch’s Road’ published and his play ‘You Know What You Are’ was featured at Talawa Firsts 2013. 

The role that creative writing has played in turning Dd’s life around led him to not only volunteer as a role model for R2S but also to expose other young offenders to the benefits of expressing themselves through the creative arts. As a result, Dd created a short creative writing through self-development course to be delivered at HMP Wayland. In June 2015, Dd, along with R2S Programme Manager Brianna Cyrus, spent two days at the prison in Norfolk delivering the course to eight black prisoners.  The result was Beyond Words, an anthology of short stories written by the prisoners and edited by Dd.

In October 2015, just in time for Black History Month celebrations, BTEG Director Jeremy Crook and R2S role models Dd Armstrong and Tony Henry went to HMP Wayland to launch the anthology. The prisoners, who were from all different backgrounds and had different writing abilities, were pleased with the final product. Their sense of achievement and success was displayed on their faces as Dd presented the publication.

“I thought this project was very good and it has really inspired me”
Prisoner at HMP Wayland

“I had the pleasure of working with eight young men, all of different abilities and from different walks of life. But together they found a common ground – writing. They worked hard; investing time, thoughts and used their imagination, surprisingly not always an easy task whilst in custody. Together they have produced a piece of work they should be proud of. I know I am.”
Business Administrator at HMP Wayland

Get your copy of ‘The Beyond Words Anthology’ here

BTEG Criminal Justice Network News

The Young Review successful in securing three-year funding from charitable foundations

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BTEG has been successful in attracting funding from the Barrow Cadbury Trust, The Lankelly Chase Foundation and, most recently, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to take forward the work of the Young Review chaired by Baroness Young of Hornsey into improving outcomes for black and Muslim male young offenders.

We would like to thank all three funders for their kind support.

BTEG is providing the secretariat and policy support for the Independent Advisory Group of the Young Review which is working closely with NOMS and MOJ on the implementation of the reports recommendations.

We are currently seeking to recruit members to the Independent Advisory Group as well as for a consultancy position of a senior level Advocate for the project. Details for both positions can be found by click on the relevant position.

It is a time of great change within the justice system following the election and we are determined to ensure that black and Muslim young offenders and improving their outcomes is centre stage through this change process. Baroness Young has already met Prison’s Minister Andrew Selous MP to discuss the report and its aims. We have also recently made a submission to the Justice Select Committee which is holding an inquiry into young adults. We are hopeful that Baroness Young will be invited to give evidence to the committee.

BTEG will also be holding a workshop at this year’s Youth Justice Convention held by the Youth Justice Board in November.


Could social finance be the future of restorative justice?

Jon Collins, on the Restorative Justice Council website, asks if social impact bonds are the right mechanism to help the restorative practice field develop and grow. Read more here


New attempt to lower the prison population

Under the new plan foreign prisoners 'will be let out early' under agreement they leave UK. Under the scheme, inmates could be released up to nine months before the half-way point in their sentence and under prisoner transfer deals, they are returned to their native country to serve their term. Read the full story here.


Head of NOMS says “Going to prison is the punishment”

Michael Spurr, head of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), discusses prison overcrowding, “benchmarking arrangements” in public-sector jails and Michael Gove’s priorities on prisons here.


Opening Doors Network

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Opening Doors Network – its final month of delivery

The Opening Doors Network (ODN) programme, funded by Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Trust for London, aimed predominantly at young people aged 18-30 to support them into self-employment, came to an end next month.

During the two-year life of the programme, we saw over 200 people participate in workshops which delivered hands-on, practical knowledge about how to start a business with 80% completing the training. 

Supported with regular one-to-one advice sessions, nearly 40% of those completing the ODN programme have registered their business and/or are now trading.  Another 20% have gone on to secure full or part-time employment or embark on further training.

ODN meet up

In the past few months, our delivery partners ABi Associates, PJ’s Community Services and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation have held test trade events, where participants were able to test out their products and services on the general public.

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Tottenham Hotspur utilised their strong links with their local Sainsbury’s to hold a successful test trade event in September. 

News From Around the Sector


What does the fundraising review mean for trustees?

NCVO has produced a new report, a key part of which aims to address the issue of a disconnect between a charity’s general ethos and its fundraising. Read more here or download the full report Regulating fundraising for the future


Lifetime achievement accolade for Betty Campbell, Britain's first black head teacher

Throughout October Black History Month will acknowledge the contributions made by black people to local, national and world history and culture.

In the 1970s Betty Edwards became Britain’s first black head teacher when she took up the post at Mount Stuart primary school in Cardiff. She received an award for her lifetime contribution to Black History in Education in Wales at a ceremony in the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea.

Read the full story here on Wales Online.


New report says it’s more difficult to apply for an apprenticeship than to enrol in college or university

A new report by the City & Guilds’ Industry and Skills Board – Making Apprenticeships Work - says many young people find the lack of a coherent recruitment, process similar to higher education, makes it difficult for young people to access apprenticeships.


Recruitment Assistant - Six Months Paid Internship


Action West London is looking to appoint a recruitment assistant on a six-month paid internship basis to work on the Moving On Up project. For more information about the project please click here.

To download a job description click here.

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