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Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people represent 2.1% of the Welsh population, but only 1.7% of the workforce. 56.3% of those of working age are in employment compared to 69.6% of white people (NC-ELWA Baseline Data and Intelligence 2003 Refresh, April 2004)

Disadvantages experienced by BME people include:

  • employment/unemployment rates
  • earning levels
  • progression/occupational attainment in the workplace

The most important factors are “education and skills, the ability to access employment opportunities and discrimination in the workplace" (Ethnic Minorities and the Labour Market, March 2003, p13)


The aim of the Equal project is congruent with the aim of AWEMA: to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public, in particular, but not exclusively in Wales by:

  • Developing the capacity and skills of members of ethnic minority communities in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet their needs and participate more fully in society.
  • Advancing education in equality and diversity whether by teaching or producing material and, Raising awareness of all aspects of discrimination in society on the basis of race or ethnic minority status by publications, public advocacy and other means of communication.


  • Improve the situation of BME women in the labour market
  • Support the inclusion of European economic migrants contract workers and refugees
  • Combat the isolation of isolated households and individuals
  • Enable BME individuals to gain and progress in employment
  • Empower BME communities DP Activities

 DP activities

  • Carrying out new research
  • Developing innovative training
  • Work experience
  • Mentoring and support provision
  • Awareness raising
  • Networking
  • Encouraging new working arrangements


  • A BME childcare social enterprise
  • New ESOL provision for orientation and employment
  • Incubation and drop-in centre
  • New working arrangements between BME community groups and voluntary/statutory/employer organisations
  • Physical and virtual networks
  • A database of skills
  • Training and employer information
  • An anti discrimination package and good practice guides

Target Groups

  • The project has an all-Wales focus and target groups from BME individuals and communities, including women, people with disabilities, young and older workers, economic migrants, refugees and those facing social exclusion e.g through isolation.




Round 1 to Round 2

This Development Partnership was not involved in Round One.

Transnational partnerships


David England, All Wales Ethnic Minority Association (AWEMA), , Naz Malik, All Wales Ethnic Minority Association (AWEMA),


Action 2: 31 December 2007
Action 3: 31 December 2007

Equal theme

Ethnic minorities


AWEMA was formed in November 2000 as a company limited by guarantee. AWEMA obtained charitable status in March 2005.


BME groups
Total beneficiaries: 400+

Intended impact/ sustainability

The DP has developed a wide network of partners, associate partners and interested stakeholders. It will use this network to influence policy and strategy development with for example the Welsh Assembly Government and Jobcentre Plus.

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The development of a BME childcare social enterprise.


New working arrangements between BME community groups and voluntary / statutory / employer organisations


Anti-discrimination package and good practice guides on combating discrimination.

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