Peterborough Speech

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Published on March 13, 2009

Author: peterramsden

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speech to Board of East of England Development Agency and guests at Peterborough in July 08 on benefits of diversity and access to services for BME groups

Business cases for diversity and active inclusion Peter Ramsden Frez Ltd

BME access to skills, employment and enterprise services in the East of England The first ever review of BME access to skills, employment and enterprise services

The first ever review of BME access to skills, employment and enterprise services

Different arguments Business case Social justice and equality Social cohesion Economic case

Business case

Social justice and equality

Social cohesion

Economic case

Untapped talent and policy failure Hidden pool of potential talent in a growing BME population at a time of demographic change and loss of skilled migrants BME groups are more likely to be unemployed and inactive and face an ‘ethnic penalty in employment’ Pakistani and Bangladeshi women in Luton have a 27% employment rate and very low self employment rates Men are far more likely to be self employed than women Qualifications gap has been closed in 2 nd generation but BME groups are still less likely to enter training and apprenticeships and are also more likely to require basic skills training

Hidden pool of potential talent in a growing BME population at a time of demographic change and loss of skilled migrants

BME groups are more likely to be unemployed and inactive and face an ‘ethnic penalty in employment’

Pakistani and Bangladeshi women in Luton have a 27% employment rate and very low self employment rates

Men are far more likely to be self employed than women

Qualifications gap has been closed in 2 nd generation but

BME groups are still less likely to enter training and apprenticeships and are also more likely to require basic skills training

Barriers language difficulties discrimination service provider attitudes Poor services (skills, employment, enterprise) are rated lower for BME groups than for the general population in Even poorer services for BME women and youth Ethnic penalty has both a supply and a demand dimension

language difficulties

discrimination

service provider attitudes

Poor services (skills, employment, enterprise) are rated lower for BME groups than for the general population in

Even poorer services for BME women and youth

Ethnic penalty has both a supply and a demand dimension

Views from face workers There is ‘paper commitment’ to equality but little commitment in-practice Business Link, LSCs and Jobcentre Plus all have strategies that have had varying success at outreach Networks were extremely important for reaching into BME communities Equality impact assessments have been useful BME groups lack knowledge about how skills, enterprise and employment procedures work

There is ‘paper commitment’ to equality but little commitment in-practice

Business Link, LSCs and Jobcentre Plus all have strategies that have had varying success at outreach

Networks were extremely important for reaching into BME communities

Equality impact assessments have been useful

BME groups lack knowledge about how skills, enterprise and employment procedures work

Views from focus groups Services are too disjointed Opportunities are not advertised adequately. Friendliness of staff is very important There is a lack of information how to access good mentoring or coaching community based learning is very important   BME Discrimination and stereotypes are everywhere in the agencies More resources for businesses are needed More accredited courses are required

Services are too disjointed

Opportunities are not advertised adequately.

Friendliness of staff is very important

There is a lack of information how to access good mentoring or coaching

community based learning is very important   BME

Discrimination and stereotypes are everywhere in the agencies

More resources for businesses are needed

More accredited courses are required

Test your services with key groups COPIE assessment tool for measuring inclusive business support Analyses the system using a 360 degree view Perspectives from: women, BME, migrants, young, old, disabled and social enterprise Quick access to evidence on policy success and failure

COPIE assessment tool for measuring inclusive business support

Analyses the system using a 360 degree view

Perspectives from: women, BME, migrants, young, old, disabled and social enterprise

Quick access to evidence on policy success and failure

Advisers view of the system

Entrepreneurs view of the system

37,196 overseas nationals applied for NINos between Feb and Dec 2006 Peterborough has the largest concentration of migrants There is a high correlation between areas of financial exclusion, rented accommodation and new migrants Financial exclusion and migrant populations

37,196 overseas nationals applied for NINos between Feb and Dec 2006

Peterborough has the largest concentration of migrants

There is a high correlation between areas of financial exclusion, rented accommodation and new migrants

 

Good practices in the region Luton Carnival Bedford Development Agency business network Business Networking Clubs Bedford Diversity Network Exemplas working with Hertfordshire Asian businesses New Link Partnership Enterprise (Peterborough): Share and Succeed Great Yarmouth College in the Community

Luton Carnival

Bedford Development Agency business network

Business Networking Clubs

Bedford Diversity Network

Exemplas working with Hertfordshire Asian businesses

New Link Partnership Enterprise (Peterborough): Share and Succeed

Great Yarmouth College in the Community

Ways forward There are no ‘simplified’ standard solutions, complex problems require nuanced solutions – a braided personalised approach Don’t assume that existing agencies are reaching into communities - Test their services with key target groups Use your power through commissioning, encouraging supplier diversity Work on strengthening BME enterprise - these companies employ more BME people and BME associations that have reach Promote the benefits of diversity to other parts of the private sector and through the Local Area Agreements Get better at sharing and using good practice - communities of practice model

There are no ‘simplified’ standard solutions, complex problems require nuanced solutions – a braided personalised approach

Don’t assume that existing agencies are reaching into communities - Test their services with key target groups

Use your power through commissioning, encouraging supplier diversity

Work on strengthening BME enterprise - these companies employ more BME people and BME associations that have reach

Promote the benefits of diversity to other parts of the private sector and through the Local Area Agreements

Get better at sharing and using good practice - communities of practice model

Thank you [email_address]

Table 4 What are the main opportunities and challenges in influencing the supplier diversity of public and private sector procurement? How can EEDA do more to influence supplier diversity? Table 3 How can we encourage a greater diversity of suitable candidates to non-executive board positions? What can be done to develop the capacity of those who have the potential and interest to become board members in the future? Table 5 Is there a need for specialist business support specifically aimed at BME, disabled and women-owned businesses, or should mainstream support address this by changing to meet the needs of its increasingly diverse clientele? Table 1 Can additional assistance be provided to help BME-owned businesses in the region become more successful in securing finance? Do the same considerations apply to women-owned or disabled-owned businesses? Table 2 Is EEDA and its main delivery agents (e.g. Business Link East, East of England Tourism, East of England International etc.) best placed to promote the business case for equality and diversity to businesses in the region?

Table 4 What are the main opportunities and challenges in influencing the supplier diversity of public and private sector procurement? How can EEDA do more to influence supplier diversity?

Table 3 How can we encourage a greater diversity of suitable candidates to non-executive board positions? What can be done to develop the capacity of those who have the potential and interest to become board members in the future?

Table 5 Is there a need for specialist business support specifically aimed at BME, disabled and women-owned businesses, or should mainstream support address this by changing to meet the needs of its increasingly diverse clientele?

Table 1 Can additional assistance be provided to help BME-owned businesses in the region become more successful in securing finance? Do the same considerations apply to women-owned or disabled-owned businesses?

Table 2 Is EEDA and its main delivery agents (e.g. Business Link East, East of England Tourism, East of England International etc.) best placed to promote the business case for equality and diversity to businesses in the region?

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