All the BTEG - Black Training and Enterprise Group - Issue 38
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Issue 38

Jeremy Crook OBE writes:

Jeremy Crook

The issue of anti-Semitism and racism are in the headlines. Every institution needs to be vigilant to make sure they eradicate these unacceptable and unlawful attitudes and behaviours. Robust policy and practices, coupled with robust leadership and regular equality, diversity and inclusion training for all staff, remain vital.

We have had equality laws for a very long time but legislation alone does not eliminate racism. Laws need to be implemented and organisations, especially public organisations, must be accountable to the regulator, their staff and service users.

As a country we have become complacent and there is not enough challenge and accountability within the system:

  • What are public bodies doing to eliminate racism and discrimination?

  • How many public bodies review their performance on eliminating racism?

  • How many public bodies and large companies reflect the populations they serve at all senior levels?

A progressive society needs independent equality advocates at the local and national level to constructively challenge institutions and help them continuously improve. Diversity is only a benefit if everyone is equally valued, respected and allowed to contribute and reach their potential.

Unconscious bias awareness training has a role to play in every organisation but we should forget that we still need to tackle all forms racism head on. So let’s be bold but respectful and ask the direct question - what are we doing in our organisations to eliminate all forms of discrimination and racism?


Routes2Success celebration event

BTEG recently hosted a celebration event to mark the end of our three year Routes2Success programme.

It was great to see and hear from young black males that had benefited from the programme, being able to get on a stage and explain how the programme had transformed their mind sets and helped them feel confident about themselves and their futures.

It is so important for young black males to have contact with positive male role models that look like them. For many young people 'seeing is believing' and spending time planning their futures with older men that have embarked on their career journey has been very positive.

The project’s success is down to the hard work put in by the R2S team - Brianna Cyrus, Janine Goodin-Deer, Whitney Otchere and Collette Noel - and to a group of black men from different ethnic and occupational backgrounds that volunteered to lead inspirational workshops in schools, prisons and colleges for over 1200 black boys and young black men 11-25. Thanks to all those who contributed to the project’s success.

BTEG is determined to secure new funding and expand the programme to BAME girls and young women.

We thank the role models for their time and commitment and the Big Lottery Fund and The Monument Trust for their support. 


Ready4Work pilots

I am delighted that BTEG will be piloting a new employment programme for unemployed young people called Ready4Work. We have secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All programme.

Whilst we remain strong supporters of business start up programmes for young people we have learnt lessons from our recent business start up project, Opening Doors Network, which helped some young people to start trading and other into employment or learning. We think fusing employability and entrepreneurship competences will be more beneficial for young jobseekers in a very competitive jobs market.


Moving on Up Employers and Diversity event

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MOU meeting

On 26 April the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) kindly sponsored our first Moving on Up Employers and Young Black Males’ event. In prestigious surroundings over 70 participants heard from employers such as mitie plc and Tideway and explored what employers can do to reach out to talented young black men in the capital.

Bola Abisogun FRICS, Executive Director of Urbanis and Chair of the MoU London Advisory Group, opened the event and emphasised the importance of MoU delivering to young black men actively seeking work. The £1m employment initiative is supported by Trust for London, City Bridge Trust and BTEG. Six local employment brokerage organisations have been funded to help 500 young black men into work over two years.

If you are an employer in London and would like to know more please contact on Jeremy Crook


Government target to increase BAME employment and apprentices

There hasn’t been a much publicity surrounding the Government’s target to increase BAME employment by 20% by 2020 but it is an important policy commitment.

The key question for the Government is how it will persuade employers to seriously look at whom and how they recruit BAME workers and apprentices (the Government’s ambition also relates to police officers and students). What levers does government have at its disposal?

Public bodies spend significant amounts of taxpayers money on procuring goods and services (e.g. housing and construction) so procurement has to be a key lever. Equalities legislation and the Social Value Act should also be used as key levers to extract a better return for the country’s BAME jobseekers.

We know from the Government’s online Apprenticeship Vacancy system that 25% of applications are from BAME individuals but only 10.6% of apprentices are BAME. How do we improve the success rates for BAME applicants? What are the reasons for the low success rates?

We need to hear from employers and providers of apprenticeships what they think could be done to improve outcomes for BAME people. As chair of Business Innovation and Skills Apprenticeships Advisory Group I’d like to hear from employers about what they feel needs to be done and what they see are the main challenges.


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Three years of success, now let’s celebrate!


March marked the 3rd year anniversary of BTEG’s R2S Programme. What more could we do than celebrate our achievements over those years?

On 9th April 2016, we invited R2S role models, R2S participants, parents, members of staff from schools, prisons and community groups and our trustees to St. Bride Foundation in Fleet Street to join us in our reflection over the three years of the programme.

The day included:

  • acknowledging the hard work and commitment of the role models who have volunteered their time to support young black men over the three years

  • celebrating the achievements of the young black men who participated

The young people received certificates and vouchers for their dedication in completing a local project. The role models were beaming with pride as those young people came up to the stage to collect their certificates and trophies.

I truly can’t believe that we are at the end of the three years of the programme!

It seems like only yesterday I had the challenging task of recruiting successful, black male role models to join the programme. The impact that the role models have had is encouraging, we have engaged with over 2000 young people and inspired over 80% to improve their education and employment prospects.

The young people have been extremely positive about their experience with the role models and can see the value:

‘What made these sessions so good was the fact that the role models were so ‘down to earth’.

Whenever I spoke to them I didn’t feel like I was talking to an incredible giant who was so much greater than me and was showing off. They were people who I felt that I could relate to especially being a black youth myself, growing up in a world where I am the minority.

They gave me something to aspire to and even though I am usually reserved and a quiet child, I felt that whenever I came to the sessions I was much more comfortable and confident being around people who are just like me and have experienced the challenges of growing up as a black boy.

I have really appreciated every single session that I have had with all of the role models and I hope to take on their advice as I pursue my career in medicine’.

 Olachi Akin, Hatch End High student.

Our three year funding has come to an end but the work that we started with the young people will not end here as we continue to ensure we can sustain the programme and extend it to ethnic minority females.

If you are interested in hearing more about the R2S Programme or want to get an insight in to what we have achieved to date please contact the Programme Manager, Brianna Cyrus: / 020 7832 5840. 

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Volunteering and London’s BAME voluntary sector

BTEG is working with BAME organisations to get the best of existing or new volunteers. We understand that there is a huge opportunity cost when giving volunteers tasks/roles but these costs are not considered internally by the host organisations.

Our support is for small to medium (1-25 paid staff) BAME organisations in London, using or considering using volunteers aged 16-30. Through a series of free* training sessions you will gain:

  • Increased confidence of taking on young people as volunteers

  • Tools and good practice tips in successfully taking on, retaining and managing young people as volunteers

  • Knowing what type of work or projects to give to volunteers

  • Making the most of the resource and understanding of your opportunity costs in relation to utilising the skills and time.

  • A chance to examine and understand the volunteering landscape and its potential benefits to the BAME VCS sector

  • How to ensure a truly win – win situation

The courses are:

Developing your volunteer programme        
9 June 2016               10:00 to 16:00

Using volunteers – policy and practice         
21 June 2016             10:00 to 13:00

Getting the right volunteer                                
21 June 2016             14:00 to 17:00

Click on the course title for more information a course and how to book


Coalition of Race Equality Organisations Launches Manifesto for London Mayoral election

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The Coalition of Race Equality Organisations (CORE) launched its e-manifesto to improve outcomes for London’s ethnically diverse young people.

The manifesto has been developed focusing on themes from an online survey asking young people across London their views on what the priorities should be for the new Mayor. More than 240 young people from diverse backgrounds responded, with over 70% coming from London’s BAME communities.

CORE calls on the next Mayor of London to:

  • Work with employers to make sure young people with skills and qualifications have employment opportunities.

  • Increase the number of ethnic minority apprentices by 20 per cent and work with employers to increase ethnic minority entry into internship schemes.

  • Set travel prices that young people on the London living wage can afford.

  • Deliver a housing programme to increase the supply and affordability in social housing and the private sector.

  • Work with the Met Police to develop a youth driven knife crime action plan that tackles the causes of serious youth violence.

  • Work with local councils to make sure regeneration and building programmes maximise the ‘social value’ to deliver lasting employment benefits for young people.

CORE will be hosting an event after the mayoral election for young people and the new London Mayor to push these actions forward.

The project has been developed by CORE, an alliance of civil society organisations working to address race equality, with the kind financial contribution of Trust for London. Read more about the project here

Are you interested in getting Group Marketing work experience with a multi-national corporate?

SThree is a global recruitment company. We want to gather feedback from our clients and candidates. We are looking for individuals who can come in for 1 - 4 weeks on an unpaid basis to be supported by our Global Head of Customer Experience. 

Placements will be based at the head office on King William Street in the City.

Lunch and travel expenses will be covered.


We are looking for a young person, 18-24, who:

  • Is interested in the customer experience and enjoys talking to people (you’re quite bubbly and not too shy in an open plan office)
  • has keyboard skills to type what people are saying to you over the phone
  • has a charming telephone manner and able to engage customers professionally with a friendly style
  • can share feedback with colleagues and listen to their coaching ideas on how to improve calls
  • can handle situations where customers are feeling frustrated with the service and where you can help them to reach a more positive outcome
  • is able to follow our guidelines or use your own initiative to ensure customers are kept up to date if they request a call back and are kept up to date and left more than satisfied



For more information contact Tebs Rashid

BTEG Criminal Justice Network News

Baroness Young OBE nominated for Grassroot Diplomat Award for work on the Young Review

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Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE has been shortlisted from over 100 politicians this year for the 4th Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Baroness Young was nominated for her work on the Young Review, which looks to improving outcomes for young black and Muslim men in the Criminal Justice System (CJS).

Read more about the nomination here


New members for the Young Review Phase II Independent Advisory Group

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Following the launch of the report of the Young Review in December 2014, an interim independent advisory group, chaired by Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, was set up. Working with government and other agencies, it aimed to improve outcomes for young black and/or Muslim male offenders.

After a successful recruitment we have now finalised the membership of what is now the Young Review Independent Advisory Group (IAG).

The individuals appointed reflect a wide range of expertise and experience and have a strong desire to make a real difference.  These are voluntary positions and run for an initial three-year term.

The IAG will work closely with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and National Offender Management Service (NOMS) on implementing the recommendations from the Young Review report and establish a focal point for government to work proactively with a range of community partners, academics, user representatives and interest groups to ensure long term improvement in outcomes for black and/or Muslim young offenders.


Watchdog savages Government's 'disastrous' privatisation of probation services

The Independent reports that the National Audit Office has warned the Government has no way of knowing how well companies responsible for running the country’s probation services are performing. Read more here


We should assess prisons by what happens once offenders are released

If the Government wants to make prisons accountable for their performance, they are going to need much better data, says the Guardian in this report.


Opening Doors Network

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ODN opened doors for 41 new businesses

Opening Doors Network (ODN) - an enterprise programme aimed at young people in London aged 18-30 and funded by Department for Communities and Local Government and Trust for London - ended with a networking event held jointly with Virgin Start Up at WeWork Aldgate on 23 March.

The ODN programme, delivered with our partners ABi, PJs Community Services and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, engaged with over 200 people who undertook training, underpinned with one-to-one support in order to help them start their own business. 90% of those on programme were from a BAME background. 62% were women.

41 businesses were created by participants on the programme. The profile of these were:

  • 51% started by those under 30
  • 93% started were BAME participants
  • 76% participants who started a business were Black
  • 46% who started a business were Black women
  • 44% were unemployed at the start of the programme

Some sectors were popular for business start-up ideas including:

  • Clothing - 20% of start-ups created
  • Fitness and well being - 15%
  • Consultancy - 15%
  • Food and drink - 10%
  • Events - 10%

A particular challenge for the ODN programme was engaging and retaining young people, particularly those under 25.  BTEG found that additional holistic support was required which focussed on issues outside of enterprise and concentrated instead of life-skills and personal issues.

As a result BTEG has created a new five-day programme called Ready4Work. It will help young people to progress to positive next steps in their lives. This could be going to College or University, getting a job or taking steps to start their own business.

For further information Ready4Work, contact Indra Pooran


News From Around the Sector


Free Training for Small Charities in London in May and June

The FSI is holding a three day training event in London on 24, 25 and 26 May with free training for small charities, with support from the Cabinet Office.

Courses cover key fundraising skills such as Trusts & Foundations, Corporate Partnerships and raising funds from individuals and the local community. There are also courses available in key Governance topics. More information and how to book

Big Advice Day is a day of free support for small charities, and includes a major event in London run by the FSI as part of Small Charity Week 2016. This year's event will be held at City Hall and will consist consists of 1:1 advice sessions with expert advisors; you choose the topics you're interested in and the FSI will match you to suitable advisors.

The FSI Fundraising Conference: Sharing the Best will take place during Small Charity Week on 16th June 2016. The conference will give small charities the chance to access learning from experts in the fundraising field on a range of different topics.


Islington Voluntary Sector Conference 2016

What sort of city wills Islington’s voluntary sector wake up to in 2020 is the theme of this year’s conference put on by Voluntary Action Islington.

To find out more and to book a place click here


Youth knife crime epidemic should be top of agenda for new London mayor, says the Mirror

The Mirror reports from a specific ward for child victims of violent attacks at St Thomas' Hospital shows just how bad the situation in London has become. Read the full story here


The BBC's diversity strategy is not good enough according to the Guardian

The corporation’s plan is full of good intentions, but it is based on flawed assumptions and spin has triumphed over substance, writes Simon Albury is chair of the Campaign for Broadcasting Equality. Read his article here


Young Blood study lifts lid on lives of 13-25 year olds in the UK

The ‘Young Blood’ study is an in-depth white paper providing a real-life glimpse into the lives of young people in the UK. It is accompanied by a seven part online documentary. Read more here and start watching the documentary here

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