Increasing the number of Black & Minority Ethnic apprentices in Nottingham


by Henri Baptiste

In recent years, youth unemployment has become a controversial issue around the world. Following the global financial crisis, countries such as Greece and Spain have experienced unprecedented rates of unemployment amongst young people.

The impacts of the financial crisis have resulted in challenges for young people in almost every country. Young people are competing with an increased number of jobseekers for fewer vacancies and employers have become very selective in their recruitment. This issue has also been significant for the labour market of the UK and in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham is one of the youngest cities in the UK: 16 to 25 year olds account for over 23% of the total population (ONS Crown Copyright, 2013). At the same time, the youth unemployment rate in Nottingham is higher than the national level. Nottingham is also one of Britain’s most vibrant cities with a more ethnically diverse population than the England average. The National Apprentice Service has, however, identified that there are low numbers of young people from BME communities participating in Apprenticeships.

In order to address this problem, a range of initiatives have been introduced that aim to create employment opportunities and more supportive conditions for young people to enter the workforce. Nottingham City Council invited three community organisations (FUEL, Chat’bout and Inspiring Greatness) to run six roadshows across Nottingham.

The aims of the roadshows are to

• Promote Apprenticeships as a viable progression route and pathway to employment for BME young people over the age of 16. (However, the events are not exclusively for this group) • To increase 16-24 year olds’ awareness and understanding of Apprenticeships • To provide them with information about the opportunities available with local employers

Employers and training providers will be at the Roadshows, and visitors to the events will also be able to access free interactive workshops, advice on how to prepare and apply for an apprenticeship, discuss options with a range employers and apprenticeship providers such as; Nottingham City Council, BEST Builds, CITB Construction, Job Centre Plus, NEXT, Vision Apprentices, Right Track, Central College, New College Nottingham and apply for live vacancies. Careers professionals will be on hand to provide impartial advice (so remember to bring along your CV). Representatives from both the National Careers Service and National Apprenticeship Service will be on hand to assist with job applications and visitors will also be hearing from ‘real apprentices’ talking about their apprenticeship experience. We also have live performances from Cross the Order and other local talent.

The Roadshow provides an unrivalled skills experience, displaying a wide range of apprenticeship jobs on offer and providing access to expert impartial advice.

The Roadshows are supported by Business In The Community, Sneinton Alchemy, Meadows Partnership, Education Wellbeing and NGY and will be taking place in Bulwell on 7th March, at The Red Lion Community Centre, in Sneinton at The Greenway Community Centre, and at The Victoria Leisure Centre on 28th March. Another two events are also planned. All events start at 1pm and finish at 4:30pm.

More information can be found at:,, facebook/NottmApprentice & twitter@NottmApprentice.