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BAME friendly employers

bame imageMany employers not only recognise that certain groups are underrepresented in their work force, they are taking positive action to rectify this situation.

According to the Equality Act 2010 you must not be discriminated against because of your race. This refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour and nationality (including citizenship), ethnic or national origins. On adverts or in information the abbreviation of BME or BAME is often used. This stands for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic.

But how can you identify these employers and what steps can you take to positively market yourself?  Read these top tips to find out more.

Top tips

  • Research any employers thoroughly before applying. Take a look at the equality and diversity policy on their website.
  • Does the employer offer any ‘positive action’ initiatives aimed at students from BAME backgrounds?
  • Be open-minded. Keep a positive attitude and be prepared to have your stereotypes challenged.
  • Work shadowing can be a useful way to research the work environment. By seeing the organisation for yourself, you can tell whether there really is a diverse workforce.
  • Keep your CV up-to-date. If you are happy to, don’t forget to mention anything you have done that will provide transferable skills, such as teaching at a local mosque or being a student union officer for a BAME related society.
  • If you speak other languages, be sure to emphasise these on your CV, particularly if you're applying to a global company as this will definitely be to your advantage.
  • Employers want enthusiastic and positive employees, so concentrate on achievements and skills.
  • Attend career events and job fairs, especially those targeted at BAME graduates, such as the annual Diversity Careers Show.

Examples of BAME targeted schemes

Transport for London - Press Office Intern

House of Commons – Internship Programme in partnership with the Windsor Fellowship

Civil Service Fast Stream - Summer Diversity Internship Programme

The Taylor Bennett Foundation - Work-based PR training programme

BAE Systems – Futures in Engineering Internship in partnership with the Windsor Fellowship

Useful links

CareerBox – The Options and Opportunities section contains a wealth of useful information related to finding appropriate opportunities.

Creative Access - Provide opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for young people of graduate (or equivalent standard) from under-represented black, Asian and other non-white minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME).

Diversity Job Site - The Diversity Jobsite has been created to help employers find the highest quality jobseekers from within the ethnic and minority populations of the UK, and showcase the full range of opportunities that exist for jobseekers within companies that are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Ethnic Job Site – Ethnic Jobsite has been serving the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community for a decade and offers recruitment advertisers a variety of ways to target the right candidates and address exclusion, bridging the gap between employers and ethnic minorities in the UK.

Target Jobs – Within their careers advice section, they have a range of useful information related to equality & diversity.

The Voice - An award winning mixture of news, features, jobs, sports and celebrity interviews aimed at the British black community.

The Windsor Fellowship - The Windsor Fellowship (WF) is a unique charitable organisation. They design and deliver innovative personal development and leadership programmes, which enables talent from diverse communities to be realised.

 

Page last updated on Wednesday 2 March 2016 at 3.25pm.

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