Finding the best pathways to employment for ethnic minority jobseekers

3rd April 2014

Amnesty International, London

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Inclusion and BTEG are jointly hosting three one-day partnership events examining how to improve the labour market outcomes of people from ethnic minority backgrounds. The three events taking place during 2014 will examine: Employment, Entrepreneurship and Apprenticeships

This will be the first of the three partnership events focusing on Employment.

The event will focus on practical ways that providers, charities and government can support ethnic minority jobseekers into work, and overcome the ‘ethnic penalties’ to entering and progressing in work faced by BME jobseekers. Discussing this will be a range of speakers from organisations including the Department for Work and Pensions, Jobcentre Plus, Work Programme providers, local government, and local voluntary council sector organisations. 

Amongst others, this first partnership event will examine the following subjects: 
• An examination of the scope of the problem, and the levels of disadvantage faced by different groups of BME jobseekers
• How to make the Work Programme work for ethnic minority jobseekers
• How Jobcentre Plus can use Flexible Support Funds to support BME jobseekers
• How to better engage with employers to overcome discrimination
• The role of Local Government
• How to overcome barriers to work for young black men, ethnic minority women, and particularly disadvantaged groups, including gang members and care leavers.

We try to be as inclusive as possible. If you find the charge for a delegate place a barrier to attending, please let the Inclusion events team know and we will do our best to see you are not excluded. However, this offer can only be applied to individuals, unfunded academics and students, people between jobs, representatives of small charities and the like, and cannot be extended to businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies. Please note Inclusion’s standard booking terms and conditions (including cancellation charges). 

£49+VAT* fee registration fee available to members of the BTEG network.  All registration fees include access to this partnership event on 03/04/14, refreshments througout the day, lunch and a delegate pack.


Confirmed Speakers

Dr Omar Khan
Director, Runneymede Trust
Junior Johnson
Department for Work and Pensions
  • Shilpi Akbar, Assistant Director, Birmingham City Council
  • Tim Conway, Disadvantaged Groups Policy Manager, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Jeremy Crook, Chief Executive, BTEG
  • Renae Lowry, Head of Operations, London. Careers Development Group
  • Liz Mackie, Associate, BTEG and Director of the Gilfillan Partnership
  • Michelle O'Connor, Customer Service Operations Manager, Brixton Jobcentre Plus
  • Prathiba Ramsingh, District Operations Manager, Jobcentre Plus
  • Dave Simmonds, Chief Executive, Inclusion
  • Iqbal Wahhab, OBE, Roast Restaurant

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