Ending Black and Minority Ethnic Economic Inequality

MENTER leads and coordinates work to improve the delivery of skills, employment and enterprise services to BME people in the East of England. The work has developed following research published in 2007 ‘BME access to skills, employment and enterprise services in the East of England’ (Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion). The work was commissioned by MENTER and funded by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), to work with agencies/organisations from all sectors in the East of England.

The EEDA response to the research was to publish ‘Ending Ethnic Inequality – The need for greater economic opportunity for black and minority ethnic communities’. This states: “Ensuring equality of opportunity is now a legal duty, but the evidence of significant exclusion for many BME communities suggests that it is one this region is currently failing. While there are many examples of organisations in the public, private and third sectors that are effectively meeting the needs of BME groups, the persistence of ethnic disadvantage points to a widespread policy failure across all sectors.”

To try to address the inequality, EEDA funds MENTER to work with agencies/organisations from all sectors in the East of England and the post of Head of Policy and Enterprise was established in the summer of 2008 to lead the work.

To find out more about the project and for more information please contact Terry Harding.

Ending Ethnic Economic Inequality

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