T2A is delighted that BTEG (Black Training and Enterprise Group) has joined the T2A Alliance. BTEG becomes the 13th member of the T2A Alliance, and will bring enormous expertise to T2A, particularly through its work on race equality.
The Black Training and Enterprise Group was established in 1991 by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and a group of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) voluntary organisations. In 1996, BTEG registered as a charity. It plays a unique role by supporting BAME civil society organisations, providing a national voice and promoting equality, inclusion, collaboration and entrepreneurship in BAME communities. BTEG celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.
As a network organisation, BTEG supports over 1200 BAME civil society organisations across the country. BTEG wants to see more BAME civil society organisations actively involved in local decision making, holding public bodies to account for their service delivery, delivering services and new product and service development.
With funding from the Ministry of Justice BTEG has established a national network comprised of BAME organisations working in the criminal justice system. Key aims include reducing the large numbers of BAME offenders in prison and the high rates of reoffending. This year BTEG will be launching Routes2Success a new ground breaking national project which aims to inspire young black males to realise their potential and divert them from having any contact with the criminal justice system by using successful black male role model volunteers from the private and public sectors.
BTEG contributes to the economic regeneration of BAME communities by building the capacity of local groups so that they can play an active role in improving opportunities for BAME individuals. It has a strong track record in influencing polices, campaigning and lobbying in relation to BAME education, employment and entrepreneurship.
Through its networking and training events BTEG is in dialogue with frontline organisations and a range of agencies including mainstream civil society organisations, government departments, local authorities, companies, the national apprenticeship service and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. BTEG is a member of the Department for Work and Pensions Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Equalities Advisory Group.
Visit http://www.bteg.co.uk/ to find out more, and follow BTEG on Twitter @BTEG1