Young people needed to advise on how to reduce BAME unemployment

Race for Opportunity (RfO) and Google have launched the search for a Youth Advisory Panel to advise UK’s top business leaders on how to reduce youth unemployment levels for young Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the UK.

BAME youth unemployment is disproportionately high and can no longer be ignored – 31.4% for young BAME people compared to 21.4% for young people overall.

Young people aged 16-24 years old and living in London and the South East are encouraged to apply to sit on the RfO Youth Advisory Panel and advise businesses directly on how to engage better with young BAME people, with the aim of improving recruitment.

The RfO Youth Advisory Panel will be formed of 12 young people and will sit for one year from October 2012 to October 2013.

“There are no two ways of looking at it; unemployment levels for young ethnic minority people are disproportionately high and can no longer be ignored by employers or by government,” said Adrian Joseph, Director of Search Advertising, Northern & Central Europe at Google and Chair of Race for Opportunity Leadership Team. “Current recruitment rates for the UK’s young BAME population must improve today to ensure that the employment gap doesn’t continue to widen. We are asking young people to step forward and become part of the RfO Youth Advisory Panel and directly advise us on how we can help reduce unfairly high unemployment rates for young BAME people.”

Each Panel member will receive direct mentoring support from business leaders and will receive a guaranteed one or two week paid work experience placement with one of the RfO network of employers during a mutually agreed period.

Sandra Kerr OBE, Director of Race for Opportunity, said: “The RfO Youth Advisory Panel is an initiative of the RfO Leadership Team, who believe that sustained direct contact with young people will help them improve employment opportunities for young ethnic minorities across the UK. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to have their say to UK business and really make a difference to unemployment levels for young BAME people.”

Race for Opportunity welcomes applications from any young person from an ethnic minority or white background – whether in education, not education, employed or unemployed or with or without qualifications.

The application deadline is Friday 3rd August 2012 at 5pm.

All details can be found here:

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