A significant body of research indicates systemic obstacles exist that disproportionately hinder black youth in England from accessing high-quality, secure jobs in adulthood compared to their white peers.
A 2021 report from the UK Parliament found that the unemployment rate for recent black graduates was over 12%, more than triple the 4% rate for recent white graduates (UK Parliament, 2021). The Trade Union Congress also analysed extensive data showing significantly higher unemployment across working-age black communities in the UK (TUC, 2020).
Factors Contributing to Inequality
Scholars have examined multiple factors pointing to societal and systemic factors that perpetuate racial inequalities in employment outcomes for black youths transitioning to high quality careers in England and the wider UK.
Discriminatory hiring practices have been frequently cited, with research showing resumes from applicants with white-sounding names receiving substantially more callbacks compared to equally qualified black candidates (Zwysen and Longhi, 2016). More subtle biases also affect black applicants' progress through recruitment processes (Booth et al., 2012). For example a lack of diversity in many professional fields and leadership roles also leads to fewer people within organizations advocating for and mentoring black youth (McGregor-Smith, 2017).
Once in roles, black employees report less access to career development opportunities, mentorship, and sponsorship to advance in companies compared to white colleagues (McGregor-Smith, 2017). This limits upward mobility.
Additionally, black students are more likely to come from lower socioeconomic status families and be the first in their families to attend university (Advance HE, 2018). This results in less access to the funds needed for extra training and qualifications and educational resources, industry connections, and familial guidance that facilitate entry into lucrative professions (Raffo and Reeves, 2000).
Geography also impacts access. Those from poorer neighbourhoods face greater barriers entering high-status careers (Tunstall et al., 2014). As black families in the UK remain disproportionately located in less affluent areas due to historical racism in housing policies, locality can compound disadvantage (Runnymede Trust, 2017).
The Social Mobility Commission found career prospects for youth were hampered by growing up in deprived areas with weak local labor markets and few connections to employers in economically vibrant industries (Social Mobility Commission, 2016). Data indicates black families in the UK remain concentrated in such lower income neighborhoods. In London for instance, 70% of people identifying as Black African live in the 20% most deprived boroughs (Runnymede Trust, 2017).
Initiatives and Solutions
Research points to initiatives that could improve black youths' employment outcomes:
While promising programmes exist, scholars emphasize comprehensive anti-racist policies across education and employment are vital to dismantle barriers and improve economic outcomes for black youth in England (Saran, 2021). Progress remains slow, indicating significant work is still required to enable equal access to quality careers.
The private mentoring service is offered by The Mentoring Lab Training and Development. An Ofsted Registered Provider. Unique Registration Number is 2738987. Explore below to see if you are eligible to receive help with accessing our clubs and mentoring services.
Alternatively, to find out if you are eligible and how much you could claim, visit Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits or call their helpline on 0345 300 3900.
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Alternatively, the easiest way to make additional savings on your child’s fee’s is by referring new customers to our service. This will reduce your monthly fee by £5 for every referral who joins.
How to refer?
Referring is simple and can be done by following these simple steps:
- Refer a friend or family member to any one of our clubs by simply telling them about us.
- Make sure they mention your name when registering their child
- If they join The Mentoring Lab and attend our clubs or mentoring services, your fee’s can be reduced by £5 per referral.
Contact a member of our team on 02081588500 to find out more.
In this short presentation, we will talk about some of the choices you make each day - choices that can either steer you toward success or lead you down the wrong path.
All of us face risk factors - like stress at home, peer pressure, dangers when out and about, or doubts in ourselves - that make it harder to make good choices. And those choices have a BIG impact. Bad choices, like skipping school or lashing out at others, make it way tougher to achieve your dreams.
That's why mentoring we like to talk about The Power of Mentoring! Trusting mentors provide protective factors to help you make wise choices. How? By sharing a range of tools, habits and skills many of life's ups and downs like; handling stress responsibly, being a friend so you avoid bad influences, and reminding you of the superpowers you don’t even know you have! Most importantly, they never give up believing in YOU.
Mentoring activities will give you a safe space to discover your talents, get encouragement when you mess up, and practice using your words not fists when you’re upset. With your mentor in your corner, you'll gain the self-confidence to stand up to peer pressure, resolve conflicts maturely, and ultimately pave a path to becoming your best self.
So if you ever feel lost, down or think you can’t succeed, come talk to me! I’ll help you remember the good in yourself and regain hope for the bright future ahead. Progress takes patience with ourselves and others. Through our time together, you’ll gain skills to make smart choices and sweet success!
Now, let’s brainstorm all the awesome goals you have for yourself this year. Dream big! With hard work and support, anything is possible...
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