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North London career support service aims to help BME groups

CARRER SUPPORT: Access UK’s mission is to reverse the high rates of youth unemployment in ethnic minority communities

AN AFRO-Caribbean careers and employment support service based in north London is hoping to tackle the high rates of youth unemployment in ethnic minority communities.

Access UK is a careers and employment service, based in Tottenham, which provides bespoke solutionsfor 16-24 year-olds particularly those from the black and minority ethnic (BME) community.

The organisation also offers tailored interventions for gang members and youth offenders.

“Seventy seven per cent of known gang members in London are reportedly young black men and young black men are three times more likely to be imprisoned for than a white offender for an identical crime," said Nana Agyeman, founder of Access UK’s .

"It’s about time we critically analysed these statistics and ask ourselves why."

He added: "Generic provisions only tackle the aesthetics of the problem and are therefore destined to fail.”

With the aim to tackle the notorious 50 per cent unemployment rate among BME youth across the UK, Access' key services include careers guidance, business and enterprise support, skill-based training, apprenticeships, assistance with finding funding, delivering weekly workshops, CV writing masterclasses and even Black History classes, all with the aim of fostering positive self-esteem and boosting the confidence of their chosen demographic.

Access UK partners include Project 2020, Prince’s Trust, Father2Father, The Challenge, Push camp and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

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