In April 2010 Rushi Munshi, the Regional Director for the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations was a speaker at an event to raise awareness of the importance of Apprenticeships amongst black, minority and ethnic (BME) employers and individuals throughout the Ellesmere Port and Chester area that attracted more than 30 attendees. While around 240,000 people started an Apprenticeship nationally in 2009, just 7% were from BME groups.
West Cheshire College worked in partnership with the Northwest Provider Network and Chester Asian Council to plan the event, the first of three such events.
College Partnership Advisor Emma Worthington said:
“The event was a great success and provided us with an opportunity to raise awareness of Apprenticeship opportunities and dispel some of the myths surrounding these programmes. It also provided people with an opportunity to talk to current Apprentices and their employers, talk to sector experts and network with other businesses.”