All the BTEG - Black Training and Enterprise Group - Issue 37
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Issue 37

Jeremy Crook OBE writes:

Jeremy Crook

I am delighted that BTEG has reached its 25th anniversary. In the early 1990s BTEG’s network comprised of local groups helping unemployed people into work and self-employment. They wanted a fair share of the large amount of public funds being channelled through the then local Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs) and BTEG called for positive action and race equality targets to be set to tackle the high unemployment levels in black, Asian and minority (BAME) communities. We had some success through the Home Office’s £5m Ethnic Minority Grant which TECs administered, funding local voluntary and community projects.

Today the Prime Minister has committed the Government to increase BAME employment by 20% by 2020 and to address racial bias in the criminal justice system. David Lammy MP will lead an Independent Review, over twelve months, to consider the treatment of. and outcomes for, BAME individuals within the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in England and Wales. BTEG welcomes these important developments.

Naturally we want to see that the knowledge and understanding developed by the Young Review to improve outcomes for young black and/or Muslim men in the CJS is utilised. In relation to employment, we believe it’s an opportunity to mobilise leaders in the private and public sectors to get behind the PMs 20% BAME employment ambition and to do a lot more to recruit BAME people. Only 10% of apprentices in the UK are from BAME backgrounds despite the fact that 25% of the online applications via the Apprenticeship Vacancy (AV) system are from BAME people.

I recently attend the third meeting of the Met Police’s Strategic Inclusion, Diversity and Equality (STRIDE) Board chaired by the Met Commissioner. I think the setting up of this board sends a strong positive message to the Met’s workforce and the public. Of course, everyone wants to see evidence of change in a reasonable timeline but having the most senior police officer in the country leading change on equality and diversity is an important first step.

There are critical performance areas to improve within and outside the Met but I have been impressed with the Met’s openness to provide ethnicity data, share the challenges and agree actions to make positive changes. Key issues include:

  • stop and search
  • hate crime
  • public confidence (especially in the black community)
  • gangs, serious youth violence and knife crime
  • the low number of BAME police officers.

More generally I’d like to see more Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables establishing similar ‘STRIDE Boards’.

News and Updates


BTEG contributes to EU Conference on Migrant Entrepreneurship in Brussels

BTEG was invited by the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s (DG GROW) to share our knowledge and experience in supporting entrepreneurs. DG GROW is looking to develop new support schemes, develop existing schemes and share existing good practice around supporting potential entrepreneurs with a migrant background.

The EU has publicly recognised the key contribution that migrant entrepreneurs can make to sustainable growth and employment and BTEG welcomes the Commission’s communication in recognising “the important role of migrants as entrepreneurs” and stating that “their creativity and innovation capacity should also be reinforced”.

At the Conference, BTEG highlighted the work and recommendations from the Eliemental Project i.e. the barriers faced by BAME and migrant communities in starting a business – language, processes, links, finances, confidence etc - but more importantly was able to emphasise the value of community based access points (CAP’s) for training and support and the need to bridge the gap between the ‘people’ and the ‘services’.

The points and issues raised at the conference were well received and generated interesting dialogue between several member states. The contribution will feed into the COSME work programme for small and medium-sized enterprises.



BTEG call for associate trainers and consultants

BTEG is in the process of enhancing its pool of professional trainers and consultants in a range of specialist areas. The range of opportunities will vary in terms of quantity and there is no guarantee of any steady contracted work. However, BTEG is keen to have a proactive and confident approach when responding to calls for training and consultancy.

If you are interested in joining BTEG’s pool of trainers and consultants you can find further details and download and application form here  


Application deadline: 5:00pm on 30th March 2016  

Interviews will be held on: 20th April 2016

To discuss this further please contact Tebussum Rashid by email



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Black boys helping to prevent knife crime


R2S role models Bola Abisogun and Michael Ohajuru have been working with ten students from Year 9 and 10 who are on the Black Pupil Achievement Programme (BPAP) at Acton High School on developing their leadership, self-esteem, confidence, team work and communication skills.

The boys chose to work together to produce a graphic novel that would aim to highlight current issues faced by some young people looking at possible resolutions to difficult situations. After six sessions of planning, researching, marketing and drafting the boys produced their graphic novel.


The graphic novel highlights the need for young people to make positive life choices and shows that people can make the wrong choice but still manage to get their lives back on track. The students intend to share their story with other students in schools and also make it part of the PSHE curriculum in their own school. Not only have they explored such a challenging topic in a mature way, but they have learnt time management, leadership and communication skills as well as feeling a sense of achievement and ownership.

Senior leaders at Acton High also commented on the positive impact the interaction with the role models was having on the behaviour and attitude of the boys around the school and in class.

The graphic novel is available to buy here.

Follow the group’s progress on Twitter @AHPublish, Instagram AHPublish or visit the new Acton High Publisher’s webpage .

BTEG Criminal Justice Network News

Dale Simon CBE Appointed To Support Young Review Phase II

Dale Simon

BTEG is delighted to announce the appointment of Dale Simon CBE as their new Advocate Consultant.

Dale, a former director at the Crown Prosecution Service, will work closely with Baroness Young of Hornsey, Clinks and a soon to be launched Independent Advisory Group to make sure The Young Review (2014) recommendations are implemented.

A key focus for Dale will be to influence Government and key opinion formers and to create a policy narrative to generate interest from Parliamentarians, the media and commissioners. Read more here


Young Review Independent Advisory Group members

A recruitment process for members of the Young Review Phase II Independent Advisory Group (IAG) concluded in February and the new members of the IAG will meet for the first time in March.


Young Review Strategy

The process for producing a five year strategy for the Young Review has commenced and a series of roundtable meetings will take place over the coming weeks to inform the content of the strategy. The strategy will be completed in April 2016.


Young Review roundtable in the South West

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Baroness Young recently spoke at a roundtable convened by Working Links who manage the CRC contracts for Bristol, Somerset and Gloucester, Wales and Devon and Cornwall. Three Police Crime Commissioners were present from across the regions and the meeting agreed to a number of follow up actions locally. Read more about the roundtable here.

Prime Minister announces review into disproportionate numbers of BME people in the justice system

David Cameron has personally launched a review into the over representation of BME people in the justice system. The new review - to be led by David Lammy MP -is now establishing itself and we hope it will work closely with Baroness Young and the Young Review.


Restorative justice in custodial settings information pack

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The Restorative Justice Council has published an information pack on restorative justice in custodial settings. This resource will support custodial establishments to understand the benefits of restorative justice and help make quality restorative justice more widely available. The information pack can be downloaded here


Learning from PPO investigations: Prisoner mental health

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) has published a report that examines deaths in prison custody that occurred between 2012 and 2014, which were investigated by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO), and where the deceased had been identified as having mental health needs.

On 16th February the PPO published Learning Lessons Bulletin  that follows up on the earlier review, detailing lessons to be learned and providing case studies.


Opening Doors Network

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7 things I’ve learned about start-ups in London

Indra Pooran writes: BTEG’s Opening Doors Network -The Enterprise Programme ran for over two years. It was a new type of enterprise programme - run in partnership with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, ABi Associates and PJ’s Community Services - aimed at young adults, to create the next entrepreneurial generation. As Programme Director for Opening Doors Network here are some of the things I’ve learned:

1.    Women want to start their own business as much as, if not more then men. 

2.    People from BAME backgrounds are very keen to be self-employed and be their own boss. 

3.    Young people are less likely to start a business than someone over 30. 

4.    Having positive BAME role models inspires people to achieve.

5.    Networking and improving social capital can be invaluable to widen networks essential to business support

6.    You don’t always need a business plan to start a business – but it helps!

7.    Completing a business start-up training programme doesn’t just lead to becoming self employed.

Read more here.


How to give your start-up the best chance of survival

23 March 2016 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sharing ideas

The Opening Doors Network, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Trust for London, is delighted to be hosting “How to give your start-up the best chance of survival”, in partnership with Virgin Start Up, the not-for-profit Virgin Company for entrepreneurs.

Last year, Britain founded at least one new business every minute. Start-up is finally on-trend and the domain of anyone with a good idea and the will to make it succeed. Yet the majority of start-ups founded, fail. The margins between success and failure have never been finer, so sometimes, entrepreneurs need a little extra support to help them on their way.

Join us for a drinks and networking reception at WeWork, Aldgate, to learn how to give your start-up the best chance of survival. We will be bringing together entrepreneurs who have enjoyed successes and faced failures while starting up, with the hope of uncovering their advice on how best to prepare yourself for your entrepreneurial journey. Expect to discover tools, tips and tricks to help you on your way and meet like-minded entrepreneurs, who have all experienced the same things you have.

Further details about the event and how to book can found here.


Moving On Up

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Launch of Moving On Up social media campaign

BTEG is about to launch MovingOnUpLDN a social media campaign dedicated to Moving on Up (MoU), the two year employment programme funded by the Trust for London and City Bridge Trust which started in June 2015.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the programme and highlight the practical support offered to young black men by the six employment organisations involved in the project. It will also challenge the negative stereotypes attached to young black men that play a major role in terms of their employment outcomes. Finally, the campaign will serve as a tool to realise the prospect of the MoU London Advisory Group’s ambition of increasing the employment rate for economically active young black men in London by 20 percentage points, from 64% to 84%, by 2020.

For more information and to take part in the campaign, click here.


Your Voice Matters

In May 2016, Londoners will elect a new Mayor for their city. The Coalition of Race Equality Organisations (CORE) wants to make sure the views of young people from London’s minority ethnic communities are heard. For that, we have launched a new initiative called All London Voices to involve young Londoners like you in the run up to the 2016 London Mayoral elections on May 5th.

We have created survey as an opportunity for you to share your views as they are important and deserve to be heard. Any answers you give will be completely anonymous so please be open and honest. To make it worthwhile, you get the chance to win £100 in Amazon vouchers. To take part in the survey click here

To find out more about CORE's work click here.

News From Around the Sector


CALL to all BAME community groups: a new strategy for music education in Islington

Islington Council and the Dame Alice Owen Foundation, in partnership with Arts First and a host of world class providers of music education in Islington, have commissioned Sound Connections to research and create a new strategy for music education in Islington.

Islington can become a borough of musical excellence where all children and young people are able to have sustained access to high quality music making opportunities

To find out more contact


Volunteering  is good for your health!

A new report from the EU-sponsored project, Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation, suggests that volunteering may promote the well-being of participants. Click here to download the full report. Understanding Society has a brief summary of the report here.


Gangs, Serious Youth Violence and Mental Health training

There is a full day of free training on Friday 4th March 09:30-16:30 at LVSC’s offices, 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP.

The day is entitled: Mental Health, Early Warning Signs and Triggers for Young People. It is specifically for those working with those who involved in work with gangs and serious youth violence.

The sessions include: Mental Health of young people in Gangs, Common Mental Health illnesses (Depression, Bi polar, Suicide) and Common Mental Health illnesses (Conduct disorder, Learning disability, ADHD, Substance misuse & Dual diagnosis). More information on the course content is here.

To book a space, please email

Please book on as soon as are able, before Friday 26 February.

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