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New funding to boost employment prospects for vulnerable BME residents


Paddy Tipping and Chris Eyre with members of the ACETS team and guests

An innovative project providing skills and employment training to vulnerable members of the BME community has been officially launched by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.

The Way Forward project is being run by city-based charity, Afro-Caribbean Education & Training Services (ACETS), which delivers counselling, mentoring and training for African and Afro-Caribbean people living in Nottingham. It will deliver a series of skills training workshops and coaching to 80 people from within the BME community including ex-offenders, care levers and young people involved in gangs, drugs and prostitution as well as refugees, asylum seekers and new immigrants.

Commissioner Tipping has committed £25,000 to the project from his Community Safety Partnership Fund as part of a wider plan to tackle the social causes behind criminality and extend support services to those at risk of offending. The funding will help to provide ICT skills training, employment/job advice including CV preparation,interview skills, literacy and numeracy support and role play/mock interviews.  It will also help to fund workshops on effective communication skills,confidence building, assertiveness training and office skills.

A host of people attended yesterday’s event to launch the Network 4 Mentoring & Work Shadowing Programme, which forms part of The Way Forward project, including employers and young people as well as representatives from the Department for Work and Pensions and Nottingham City Council.

Commissioner Tipping said:“The work of ACETS and this specific project is geared towards confidence-building and providing people with self-esteem so they can begin to carve a crime-free life for themselves. We know that criminality is often the result of a series of complex social issues including lack of workplace skills and training and this project helps to break the chain of events which can lead to law-breaking behaviour.

“The benefits of this scheme are far-reaching, not only will it help to transform the lives of those who receive support but in the long-term the aim is also to reduce crime and disorder.”

Leroy Edwards of ACETS added: “It was heartening to see so many people willing to become Positive Role Models in our community, empowering young people to become ‘Up and Coming Leaders’. The Commissioner’s financial support highlights the importance of early intervention in tackling the things that drive people towards crime.”


Media Enquiries:   Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401


Posted on Friday 1st November 2013
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