£90m fund to boost BAME youth unemployment initiatives

Sandra Kerr OBE, Business in the Community's Race Equality Director, welcomes today's announcement of a £90M fund to address the disparities faced by young people from different backgrounds in parts of England.

Sandra said:
“I welcome today’s announcement and the introduction of this fund. We know that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) young people are less likely to be in employment, education or training than their White peers. This fund will help to address this by giving young people the skills they need to thrive at work and enabling employers to access the widest pool of talent.

“However, there are actions employers can take now to address existing gaps in BAME recruitment rates. These include monitoring BAME representation at each stage of the recruitment process, setting targets using local demographic data, removing jargon from job adverts, having diverse selection panels wherever possible and providing unconscious bias training to all employees involved in recruitment.

“We are also looking at BAME people’s experiences of recruitment processes as part of our ongoing Race at Work survey, which is running until 02 May 2018. The survey is open to people over 16 who are currently employed or self-employed in the UK, and I encourage everyone to take part. Your experiences will help to shape recommendations to employers which will ensure workplaces are inclusive and support the retention and progression of diverse talent in all sectors and at all levels.”

The project evidenced by the Race Disparity Audit using statistics from the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website will enable young people to work directly with educators and youth and community organisations. Young people will be able to work alongside local business to benefit their local economies.