Celebrating 10 years of BME achievement

Organisers of the Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards are to host an equality and diversity event to explore ways to improve race equality and identify the challenges we face as employers, service providers and communities.

As part of celebrations marking 10 years of achievement for those of a black, minority and ethnic background, the event will be followed by a BME Community Employment Fair, providing exhibitors with an opportunity to reach out to a more diverse and representative workforce.

Yasmin Khan, one of the event organisers, said: “The North-East is a diverse region, and we’re committed to promoting and ensuring equality and valuing that diversity can be achieved. We want to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

“The Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards have highlighted the strengths of embracing diversity, and to this effect we are providing a platform for public, private and third sector partners to identify specific actions for a modern and diverse workforce.”

A new Equality Act came into force in 2010, simplifying, strengthening and harmonising legislation to provide Britain with a discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.

But just how diverse is the Tees Valley and the wider North-East? How do employers meet their public duty with respect to BME communities?

On October 10, the Tees Valley will come together to explore ways to promote diversity, equality and inclusion within organisations and, in turn, with communities.

The event is aimed at key stakeholders in the Tees Valley from the public, private and the VCS sector as well as local community groups.

The half-day event aims to bring race equality to the forefront for key stakeholders across the Tees Valley. It will address some of the joint inequalities which BAME communities face and explore how public, private and the VCS sector can work collaboratively to redress inequalities within employment and service delivery.

Through the words of expert speakers and the sharing of good practice, the Diversity Conference will help improve a collective public sector response to ensuring equality outcomes are achieved.

Following on from the Diversity Conference, a BME Employment Fair will take place where organisations who are actively seeking to improve diversity in the workplace can showcase, pipeline and promote vacancies.

The Diversity Conference takes place in Middlesbrough Town Hall 9.30am-1pm on Wednesday, October 10. The Employment Fair takes place 1pm-4pm. The BME Achievement Awards take place from 6.30pm on Friday, October 12.

To book your place on any or all of the events, please visit www.bmeawards.co.uk.


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