Seize Your Opportunities
We have pulled together a list of organisations that you can reach out to for further information and support. If you are a business this includes companies that you can reach out to in order to make positive steps towards greater diversity, and if you are a young person there are some cool development opportunities for you to grab hold of!
AFBE-UK aims to challenge and inspire people of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) origin to make enhanced contributions in their respective fields, and to add value to their communities using engineering as a platform. We are a registered not-for-profit organisation that encourages people of black and minority ethnicity to study engineering, support those who aspire to be successful engineers, promote engineering in the schools and promote diversity in the workforce. We also advise organisations on how to promote diversity in industry and create healthy, inclusive and sustainable environments where minorities can do their best work and thrive. Our objective is to increase the engineering talent available in the UK and to drive the economic growth.
AFBE-UK has two active chapters in London and Aberdeen that work to achieve a common goal. AFBE-UK is not exclusive to people from a particular ethnic origin, however it focuses on people that have and share the experience and interest in inspiring people of BME origin in our communities. Since AFBE-UK began we have held programmes/seminars/networking events that are of interest to BME engineers. AFBE-UK has received a warm welcome from key players within the engineering industry, government bodies, various overseas high commission offices and the wider community
The Royal Academy of Engineering
The Royal Academy of Engineering’s award-winning programme aims to boost the employment prospects of engineering graduates from diverse backgrounds. Targeting university engineering students, the programme has reached over 800 students from 66 universities since it was launched in 2015 and has resulted in at least 250 engineering employment opportunities. Of the students already involved in the programme 28% are female and over 90% are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
The programme will launch for its sixth year in August 2020 with a series of virtual events. These will include workshops, interview and assessment centre training, and insight sessions led by engineers. Each event also includes a speed networking session for students to meet engineering recruiters. Companies currently confirmed to support the scheme this year include AMEY, Buro Happold, National Grid, Network Rail, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Teledyne e2v and WSP.
GEEP has been developed in partnership with engineering employers and is delivered by SEO London, with support from the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AfBE-UK) and the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
Engineering companies interested in the programme should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Academy also has a range of resources and guidance to support companies to increase diversity and cultivate inclusive cultures. Explore our employer pages.
The Youth Group
The Youth Group is a youth first business that provides young people with the tools they really need to get ahead and grow in work.
The Youth Group wholeheartedly believes in the potential of all young people and cares deeply about young people and their futures. We believe that modern leadership looks very different to the poor example we have today- it is accessible, authentic and democratised.www.theyouthgroup.co.uk
Imagen is a Gen Z startup based in Shoreditch, East London. Their mission is to help Gen Z to shape their future. They enable agencies and brands to crowdsource feedback, ideas and insights from their Gen Z consultant community to build their brand, their marketing and/or their products...with Gen Z in the room!
WhiteHat is a tech startup on a mission to create a diverse group of future leaders. They are doing this by building an outstanding alternative to university through apprenticeships.
WhiteHat focuses on three core areas: giving employers a framework for measuring potential outside of academics and work experience through their platform; bringing incredible content from around the world into applied learning programmes; growing an apprentice community to enable young people to build social capital and strong professional networks.
In the U.K., WhiteHat is at the forefront of enabling companies to use the apprenticeship levy to train a diverse group of future leaders in the technical skills they need.
Audeliss Executive Search level the playing field for diverse leaders in executive and board appointments. We believe diversity of thought is one of the biggest competitive advantages to any leadership team, so we engage our unique global networks to find exceptional talent who can bring a new perspective to your organisation.
INvolve is a global network and consultancy championing diversity and inclusion in business. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and advisory solutions, INvolve helps firms drive cultural change and create inclusive workplaces where any individual can succeed.
We also publish annual role model lists, supported by Yahoo Finance, recognising and celebrating business leaders and future leaders who are breaking down barriers at work and inspiring the next generation of diverse talent.
RS Grass Roots
Grass Roots is the Engineering & Technology Youth Empowerment team at RS Components. We want to develop the future engineering & technology workforce by creating valuable opportunities, activities & experiences for young people all around the world.
There are many ways that we can work together! We are dedicated to your personal development and have diverse, inspirational colleagues ready to embrace the opportunity to mentor young people in topics such as CV writing, interview skills and building your online profile. Get in touch to find out more and be connected to someone who wants to help, email@example.com.
Dr. HOW was created by Dr. Ambily Banerjee [2020 EMpower Ethnic Minority Future Leader] as a means to support young individuals who might be embarking on their career journey with not much support, or access to mentorship.
The YouTube channel offers bite sized chunks of best practice tips and advice for young people looking to enhance their employability prospects. The intent is for individuals to dip into this during preparation of a job application or interview process.
Inside Success launched in 2015 with the purpose of supporting 16-24-year-olds in jobs, training and education. We aim to tackle the issues faced by young people, including unemployment, social issues, teenage pregnancy, crime, mental health and more.
Any young person between 16-24 has access to Inside Success opportunities, no matter their background. Our programs provide them with the tools they need to learn and grow both professionally and personally. We also offer young people the chance to earn an income by selling magazines to the general public. Today’s youth is tomorrow’s future. It’s important to us that they are best equipped for what’s to come.