Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Graduates - 1

MQT on 2014-07-23
Session date: 
July 23, 2014
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Thank you for your comments at Mayor's Question Time on 2 July 2014, where you agreed with my concerns about young, ethnic minority graduates having a harder time finding employment than their white British peers. Can you detail exactly what steps you have taken each year from when you became Mayor in 2008 to the present day to assist ethnic minority graduates find employment - across London in general and across all the organisations that you have statutory oversight of?


Answer for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Graduates - 1

Answer for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Graduates - 1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The employment gap between BAME graduates and their white counterparts is unacceptable. However, the barriers young people face are often complex and my approach is to provide support for all disadvantaged young people, many of whom are BAME. For example, BAME young people, whether graduate or not, featured prominently in my initiatives to encourage entrepreneurism - 4,300 BAME businesses have been supported through the European Regional Development Fund; £700,000 has also been allocated with a primary focus to support up to 200 BAME SMEs and micro-enterprises. On apprentices, 40 per cent of starters in 2012/13 being people from BAME communities - roughly the same as the proportion of all Londoners who are BME. The GLA has had a number of internships over the last year for which BAME applicants were encouraged to apply - 30% of the appointments were BAME individuals.