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B-EQUAL - Bradford Equality Employment Project

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B-Equal pampletsAim

The aim of the B-Equal DP was to identify and promote innovative ways of combating and eliminating discrimination and inequality in the labour market, and to promote a workforce that reflected the diversity of the district.


B-Equal was a broad, multi-sector partnership which operated throughout the Bradford District. Twenty innovative projects were commissioned. Among these were activities to develop training materials and toolkits, a learning champions programme, a crèche and childcare course and a number of research reports into barriers to ethnic minority employment. The DP was administered by Bradford Metropolitan District Council, and involved local employers, public services, the voluntary sector, further and higher education and community based training and development organisation. Twenty projects contributed to the outcomes of the B-Equal.

Target Beneficiary group

The target groups were unemployed / underemployed Pakistani, Bangladeshi and African-Caribbean communities, particularly women, young and disabled people.


Working under the direction of a partnership B-Equal had 4 objectives:
  • Develop information systems to improve our understanding of the extent and causes of labour market disadvantage experienced by members of BME communities.

  • Target employers to address demand-side issues relating to BME labour market achievement.

  • Address identified recruitment and employment barriers for the targeted BME groups.

  • Assist employment intermediaries to improve labour market entry outcomes for BME groups.
Main outcomes

All the projects feel that their findings can be used most definitely at the local and regional level. However, Digitalife can work at the vertical and horizontal levels through their on-line diversity training programme and they are exploring having a European module for the on-line diversity training with the transnational partners. In terms of dissemination of work being carried out, ADAAB have used radio programmes, seminars and newspaper exposure. Many of the projects will be having end of project reports and ERA are publicising their project through their website which shares good practice on diversity issues and recruitment strategies. Furthermore, there have been ERA presentations at the Bradford Breakthorough Board (Chief Executive’s in Bradford) and at the regional level.



Transnational partnerships


Qudrat Shah, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council,


Action 2: 30 September 2005
Action 3: 14 November 2005

Equal theme

Ethnic minorities


16-17-year-olds in danger of exclusion from school, Ex-offenders, Homeless people, People from disadvantaged areas (top 10% most deprived wards), Unemployed


  • The Pathways in Employment programme run by QED can be used at the local and regional levels since it will assist young people in gaining employment and understanding the processes involved.

  • The NAP which has been recognised as a model of best practice by the home office can be used both vertically and horizontally.

  • POSH have had a conference for the COACH programme and invited the Home Office minister John Hutton MP to the event along with other local, regional and national representatives from large organisations attending.

  • The BPIM findings can be used as a workable model for the progress of BME people into management.

  • The findings and reports of ABCD and Becas can be used at the regional and national context in order to see how the African-Caribbean and Sikh communities fare in other UK cities and whether there are similar issues and problems.

  • KBP is linked at the local level to the Keighley Childcare Strategy group in order to ensure it will be in a position to disseminate the findings at the local level.

  • The Russell Street project has representation on the Bradford District Learning Partnership and can use the body to share the findings with the diverse organisations represented on the board.

  • Some of the projects feel that the B-Equal umbrella with its diverse projects has enabled “the sharing of materials and experiences with other organisations who might not offer training.”

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