From idea to inception: Launching The BAME Apprenticeship Alliance

I am delighted to announce that I am heading a new organisation called The BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Apprenticeship Alliance.

It’s never easy starting a new organisation but what makes it worth it is the journey which lead to the inception of what was originally a plan on paper.

Back in early 2016, my CEO Safaraz Ali came across research published by the then Business Secretary Sajid Javid MP which ended with a Government target of an increase in BAME Apprenticeship uptake by 20% by 2020. This led to Safaraz digging further into the statistics of BAME diversity of apprenticeships to find out that BAME apprentices made up approximately 10% of the apprenticeship uptake for 2015/16. An alarming figure indeed considering the highly diverse and multi-cultural society Britain is today.

After long discussions about what we could do to address this, we decided to take some action in raising awareness of apprenticeship diversity and a unique approach by launching The Asian Apprenticeship Awards. We chose Asian because it could be a demographic where could have significant impact considering our location and our knowledge of the British Asian community across England. We felt that this in itself was a heavy-handed taskĀ since the idea of an apprenticeship over university is Alien to many British Asian parents.

We decided to launch and hold The Asian Apprenticeship Awards on the 10th November 2016. A success it was and you can find out more that by reading the impact report and watching the whole award ceremony on the dedicated Asian Apprenticeship Awards YouTube Channel.

However, during all the planning and building strategic partnerships, I kept getting asked “what next after the awards? What can we as an organisation do to address this? How can we reach out to BAME communities? How can we show we are active in recruiting talent fromĀ BAME communities?” and more…

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What is the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance?

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Apprenticeship Alliance (BAMEAA) is an organisation that brings together leaders within business and the apprenticeship sector to focus on promoting apprenticeship and skills among the black & ethnic minority communities through policy, advocacy and conversation. By lobbying and working with organisations on ethnic diversity, the BAMEAA can build a platform to bring real action and change in the UK.

As stated, theĀ core areas of the BAMEAA are:

  • Policy – working with our members to develop policies for organisations which they can apply to increase their apprenticeship diversity
  • Advocacy – advocating and lobbying organisations on their apprenticeship diversity
  • Conversation – providing a platform to generate conversation for organisation around apprenticeship diversity

We are due to have a launch conference on the 13th July 2017. Please do click on the image below and join us at our inaugural conference. During the conference, I will be chairing a panel on ethnic diversity in apprenticeships with the following panelists:

  • Matt Higgs – New Talent Management – Severn Trent Water
  • Fiona Aldrige – Associate Director – Learning and Work Institute
  • Becky Gardner – Senior HR Director – Coca Cola Enterprise Partners
  • Chris Achiampong – Apprentice – IBM

Our website is

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Apprenticeships

When we began our pre-launch marketing, we were delighted to receive an incredible response.

To date, we are grateful to announce the following companies as members:

Patron Members

  • Coca Cola Enterprise Partners
  • Collab Group
  • Severn Trent Water
  • Learning Curve Group
  • APM UK
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College
  • JISC

Executive Members

  • Remit Training
  • Vercida
  • Care Training Partnerships

We welcome your thoughts and feedback. Please tweet me at @isamutlibĀ should you have any questions. Usually respond within the hour. You can also find the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance on most social media as @bameaauk

Many thanks to all who have supported us on this journey.