Dear Prime Minister,
The announcements by the Chancellor under the Kickstart Scheme and support for apprentices and their employers has been welcomed by The BAME Apprenticeship Alliance.
The Chancellor rightly highlighted the devastating impact the pandemic will have on hundreds of thousands of young people who will be facing a disrupted education system and weaker labour market.
We recognise that such measures aim to bring significant economic prosperity to this country for years to come and aim to restore some of the mobility lost from this pandemic. However, we are very concerned that the recent announcements lack focus on support for BAME communities right across the country.
As we have seen in recent years, BAME communities are fertile grounds for very talented individuals with ambitious aspirations but lack access to high quality careers and opportunities, and the support they need to get onto the career ladder.
We already know of the economic power of BAME communities from various reports and equally, we know apprenticeships work for individuals, employers, and the economy.
Therefore, we are calling upon the Government to recommit supporting BAME communities by:
- Increasing and continuing investment into the Five Cities project, launched in 2018, to support BAME communities in building awareness of apprenticeships and building partnerships with employers
- Incentivising employers to increase outreach into BAME communities with focus on local communities
- Incentivising local organisations to build capacity for youth employment services, mental health, financial education services for BAME youth
Now more than ever, it is important that recovery is inclusive of all people from all backgrounds and we must ensure that no community is left behind.