Caterpillar, Lloyds Bank, and 3M and others will help young people from African, Caribbean and dual heritage backgrounds
Big businesses such as Caterpillar, Lloyds Bank and 3M are taking part in a day dedicated to addressing the hurdles young people from African, Caribbean and dual heritage backgrounds can have finding jobs.
Black business leaders will be among the professionals sharing their experiences at the event taking place at the University of Leicester on Wednesday, May 29.
It is aimed at young people aged from 10 to 19 and their parents.
Other employers and education providers involved include business consultants Accenture and Deloitte, Grace Foods, TSB, the College for HS2 and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
The day is being run by the University of Leicester and the Foundation for Reach Society (FFRS), and is supported by Loughborough and De Montfort universities.
The FFRS is an arm of the Reach Society, set up to encourage, motivate and inspire black boys and young black men to realise their potential in life.
One of the organisers, Professor Clive D Fraser, from the University of Leicester School of Business, said several prominent Leicestershire black entrepreneurs will be taking part in the day, which runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
Dr Dwain A Neil FRSA, Reach Society chairman said: “The Leicester Employability Day is a product of Reach Society’s policy of rolling out inspirational events in urban areas outside of London.
“They are designed to close the gap between professionals in the black community and young people.
“The May 29 events will be the second such event – the first was rolled out last year in Wolverhampton in the Molineux Stadium.
“The Leicester Employability Day is a collaboration with the University of Leicester, and it will showcase a cohort of more than two dozen black professionals from the local community, and a similar number of employers, large and small, and some local community groups.
“The age range of the target beneficiaries of young people is 10 to 19. They will have the opportunity to interact with many successful people from their community, and to discover a wide range of employment opportunities.”
For more information contact Professor Fraser on 07986 270 032 or Dr Neil on 07949 431 992.