All the BTEG - Black Training and Enterprise Group - Issue 39
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Issue 39

Jeremy Crook OBE, Chief Executive  writes:

Jeremy Crook

A lot has happened since our last newsletter: we are leaving the EU; we have new Prime Minister and Whitehall department changes.

Disturbingly we have seen attacks on black, Asian, migrants and refugees. The race equality sector has mobilised and called on the Government and police to bear down on this unlawful racist behaviour. Hate crime, including attacks on disabled people, was on the increase prior to the EU referendum but clearly some people now feel at liberty to express themselves any way they see fit.

In the USA, tensions remain high between black communities and the police: over one hundred black men were killed by the police in one year. These deaths appear to have motivated two former black military men to take up arms and murder police officers. Both were subsequently killed by the police. It’s wrong and unacceptable for any citizen (including police officers) to be killed unlawfully. We all look to the State to protect everyone and uphold the rule of law.

Here, David Lammy MP is leading a review into racial bias in the criminal justice system and our new Prime Minister has stated that black people are ‘treated more harshly by the criminal justice system.’  The Young Review Phase II has made a formal submission to the Lammy Review and BTEG made a submission which focused on the treatment of black boys in schools .

It is time for positive change in the criminal justice system. Black people are more likely to be stopped and searched, arrested, prosecuted and have force used against them in the prison. Only 12.7% of police officers in London are BAME so there is a long way to go before the capital’s police force reflects the population it serves. We do have to encourage young BAME people to join the police force while at the same time work with the police and the wider justice system to improve outcomes for BAME communities.

BTEG and London Councils recently hosted an event focused on the youth justice system. 77% of young people in custody with a youth offending team based in London are BME and 51% of these young people are black.

My role as chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Equalities Advisory Group will cease as that department no longer exists. We will wait to see if the new department - Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy decides to create a similar advisory group. I believe all public bodies benefit from having expert equalities advisors. Regrettably the DWP has decided it no longer needs the Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Advisory Group, which was chaired impressively by Sandra Kerr OBE and had in its membership BTEG, TUC and Runnymede Trust. BTEG does not believe now is the right time to disband ethnic minority advisory bodies.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting the CEO and new Chair of the EHRC, David Isaacs, along with a range of equalities and human rights organisations. BTEG is keen to see the EHRC hold the government to account and to see evidence that public bodies are taking action to eliminate racial discrimination as employers and service providers and commissioners.

To end with some good news BTEG has been awarded a grant by the John Lyons Charity to deliver a new Routes2Success community role model programme in London for young black males (11-25) and ethnic minority girls and young women (11-25). We now need to match this funding with £105k to start the programme in the autumn.


Welsh Harp Summer Festival


BTEG is looking forward to the Welsh Harp Summer Festival on the 27th August 2016 overlooking the beautiful reservoir at the Neasden Recreation Ground.

The Summer Festival is being organised by a team of young people from the Welsh Harp ward in the London of Brent. It is a ‘social action project’ encouraged by three local Councillors and facilitated by BTEG.

The festival is about supporting young people to develop team and leadership skills, event management and confidence, promoting the beauty of the Welsh Harp and promoting community cohesion.

For more information about the event or to have a stall on the day contact Tebs Rashid




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Discussing CVs

Work Placements 4 ME - is holding a CV writing masterclass on 10 August 2016, 11:30 am-3:00 pm. The class, which is free, is for Londoners aged 18-30 who need help composing and improving their CV. The programme is offering work placements for young people to gain useful experience and make a positive contribution at the same time.

For further information, and to enrol, Tebussum or Wajih


BTEG Criminal Justice Network News

Engaging with Muslims within the CJS

BTEG ran a successful training course in collaboration with Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Offending Service. Working with practitioners, it looked at sharing best practice interventions from a culturally competent perspective in the interest of desistance.

The training covered:

  • Faith communities and criminal justice
  • Engaging with the families of Muslim offenders
  • Dealing with Muslim gangs in prisons
  • Myths & misconceptions of Islam
  • Through the gate - faith centred  intervention

More about the courses BTEG offers.


Ethnic disproportionality in London’s Youth Justice System


On 15 July London Council’s and BTEG hosted a successful half-day conference on ethnic disproportionality in London’s Youth Justice System. The event was attended by over 60 attendees from local government, the voluntary sector, MOPAC, and other key partners, such as London Community Rehabilitation Company.

Speakers included David Lammy MP, Sophie Linden - Deputy Mayor for London, Baroness Lola Young and Lin Hinnigan, outgoing CEO of the YJB.

Read Mark Blake’s report on the event.



Opening Doors Network

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Giving birth to a new business

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Nine months after the Opening Doors Network programme (ODN) ended, a business which received support from ODN has been launched.

IDGO – pronounced “I’d go” is the idea of ODN alumnus Danni Joyette-Hadaway. The product created is an ID card which doubles as a contactless payment card.

The idea for the business came about when Danni lost her own provisional licence and passport at two separate events. 

Danni joined the programme run by ABi Associates CiC - one of BTEG’s ODN delivery partners - back in 2014 and was supported over ten sessions to start her own business. This included creating a business plan, marketing the business and understanding finance. All the sessions were delivered by established entrepreneurs Saira Awan and Annika Allen, who shared their knowledge and experiences of their own start-up journeys with ODN participants.

Danni took part in a pitching completion held by ABi to showcase businesses, which was attended by the Mayor of Brent. Danni won first prize after pitching her idea to a tough panel of seasoned entrepreneurs. They were impressed with the marketability of the product and with how well thought out Danni’s idea was in general.

Danni credits ODN, including Saira, who delivered the workshops, by saying “Thank you Sai!! Attending The Opening Doors course was such a good experience and was imperative in getting the IDGO wheels in motion! Many thanks to you all again” 

Whilst ODN provided business start-up know-how, Danni approached the Princes Trust start-up programme to secure the funding required to get the business off the ground.

Following the success of ODN, BTEG has developed Ready4Work - a programme aimed at enabling those aged 18-30 to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set along with the other skills necessary to give them a competitive edge in the job market or when starting their own business. 

For further information about Ready4Work contact Indra Pooran


JRF Poverty and Ethnicity Programme

BTEG supports JRF Poverty and Ethnicity programme

BTEG are delighted to be the strategic partner for the Joseph Roundtree Foundation (JRF) on the third phase of their Poverty and Ethnicity Demonstration Projects programme. 

The first two phases researched causes and links between poverty and ethnicity, considering possible interventions. This phase concentrates on demonstrating what can be done practically to lift people, particularly those from minority ethnic backgrounds, out of poverty.

BTEG took part in the selection phase of the programme, inputting into the process to select eight potential projects from 60 expressions of interest and then supporting JRF with selection of the final four projects.

The projects chosen are:

Bradford City Producer: working to reduce poverty by matching workforce needs of local employers with skilled local people many from BAME backgrounds.

Women Like Us: supporting BAME mothers on low income jobs into better work

Mayor’s Fund for London: supporting young Londoners into sustainable careers whilst improving diversity in the transport sector

Crisis Brent: increasing in-work progression of the BAME population within Harlesden

BTEG’s role is to provide project management support, evaluation support including producing a summary evaluation of the demonstration projects and to provide a forum for projects to share their learning throughout the programme in a series of workshops.

We’ve held two successful and productive workshops to date, allowing projects to share what’s working and, equally as important, what’s not. We have also covered topics including sustainability of projects, influencing and Theory of Change for the programme.

We plan to hold two more workshops later this year in addition to providing some news bulletins for interested parties highlighting what the projects are achieving and how their approach is making a difference.

For more information on the JRF funded Poverty and Ethnicity programme, please contact Indra Pooran at


Moving On Up

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We are now at the half way stage of the Moving on Up (MoU) Programme and 89 young black men have secured employment.

MoU is a challenging and ground breaking programme that funds six employment providers to support 500 young black men aged 16-24 into work over two years.

Importantly, the partners: Trust for London, City Bridge Trust and BTEG want to learn about the interaction between the young black men and the employers. The partners recently commissioned You Gov to undertake employer message testing with a selection of employers in London.

A separate article will be produced about the findings but one important aspect employers confirmed was the prevalence of negatives stereotypes of young black men in society. If you are a London employer and would like to reach young black males job seekers, please contact Jeremy Crook:,.uk

Briefing Paper No 4

The May Briefing Paper for Moving on Up can be downloaded here.

Click on the image below to download an infographic based on the Briefing Paper


Link to briefing paper


News From Around the Sector


Race equality group’s demand hate crime strategy

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National and local race equality groups have come together to show solidarity with all of those minorities who have been subject to unprecedented levels of racial abuse over the last few months. They have sought to show leadership including demanding that Government urgently produce a National Hate Crime strategy that both offers protection and sets a standard for the whole of society, including MPs to adhere to.

Click here to read the statement and to add your name to it.


Racism and religious discrimination to be examined by Youth Select Committee

The British Youth Council's Youth Select Committee, now in its fifth year, is exploring how to tackle racism and religious discrimination, particularly focussing on awareness and education; services; and prevention. The Committee's particular areas of interest are available in its terms of reference, which are available online. The Committee's eleven members are aged 13-18 and include two Members of the UK Youth Parliament (MYPs), two youth councillors, a Young Mayor, one elected representative from each of the devolved nations and three reserved seats. Previous inquiries have reported on Transport, Education, votes at 16, and Mental Health.



7 out of 10 ethnic minority senior executives experienced ethnic discrimination in their career


City Women reports that recent research has shown that 71% of leaders from ethnic minority backgrounds experienced ethnic discrimination in their career.  

The research by Harvey Nash has been distilled into an infographic that can be downloaded by clicking on the image above. You can read the full City Women story here.



New Beginnings Fund to support refugees joining UK communities

UK Community Foundations (UKCF) has created a £525,000 New Beginnings Fund to support refugees joining UK communities.

A consortium of funders: Comic Relief, Barrow Cadbury, Paul Hamlyn, Pears, Lloyds Bank Foundation and the Rayne Foundation have come together to create the New Beginnings Fund to support refugees and their communities. The fund is responding to the recent dramatic increase in refugees and asylums seekers moving across Europe which is placing incredible strain on the network of community based support available within the UK.

The fund will support local groups working to welcome refugees and asylum seekers into their local communities, through existing or new services. It is particularly interested in groups who are working to get their local communities involved in volunteering and supporting their work to promote integration and welcome new arrivals.

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