Stepping Up - boosting BAME leadership in Bristol

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13 November, 2017
The City Office has launched a 6-month positive action programme aimed at improving the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic employees in senior leadership roles within Bristol and the wider area.
The “Stepping Up” programme has been designed in partnership with employers to create a talent pool of future leaders who more readily reflect our multi-cultural communities but may not have had (until now) the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
The programme is currently aimed at people from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background who currently work at a team leader or middle management level. There are no age restrictions or a base-level of qualification, however, some leadership experience is expected.
Programme participants will remain in their existing roles but will be given the time for development activities for a total of 30 dates over a 12 month period. Learning will comprise of:
  • Participation in the 12 month accelerated leadership programme, with 5 key modules.
  • Access to ILM Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership (optional).
  • Mentoring and coaching support.
  • Access to citywide networks.
  • Undertaking a stretch assignment in another sector.
Ruth Pitter, Head of Inclusion at Voscur, says: “This is a vital programme for the city that offers BAME individuals access to opportunities not previously readily available. An endorsement of a citywide programme such as this from the Mayor, supported by key agencies across the sectors, demonstrates a committed intention to cultivate greater diversity in our city leadership.  
“It is important that we encourage individuals to take up this opportunity, especially those potential candidates who would initially exempt themselves because they’ve never been encouraged to pursue aspirations of leadership.
“Voscur and Bristol BME Voice look forward to supporting this programme and seeing the impact it will eventually have on Bristol and who leads it.”
More details about the Stepping Up programme can be found here.
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