To celebrate 10 years of BME achievement, the Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards will host an Equality and Diversity event in our region to explore how we can improve race equality and identify the challenges we face as employers, service providers and communities. This will be followed by a BME Community Employment Fair providing stall holders with an opportunity to reach out to a more diverse and representative workforce.

A new Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises the current legislation to provide Britain with a new discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society, how diverse is the Tees Valley and the North East of England? How do employers meet their public duty with respect to BME communities?

They will be introducing positive action frameworks which can improve workforce diversity as well as share good practice from around the Region. This event is aimed at key stakeholders in the Tees Valley from both Public, Private and the VCS sector as
well as local community groups.

Aim of event

The event aims to bring race equality to the forefront for key stakeholders across Tees Valley. It will address some of the joint inequalities which BME communities face and explore how public, private and the VCS sector can work collaboratively to redress inequalities within employment and service delivery.

Diversity Conference

The North East is a diverse region, we are committed to promoting and ensuring equality and valuing diversity can be achieved. We want to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, the Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards have highlighted the strengths of embracing diversity, to this effect we are providing a platform for Public, Private and third sector partners to identify specific actions for a modern and diverse workforce.

The Diversity Conference will help improve a collective public sector response to ensuring equality outcomes are achieved. We will hear from experts in the field and share good practice.

BME Employment Fair

Following on from the Diversity Conference, a BME Employment Fair will take place where organisations who are actively seeking to improve diversity in the workplace can showcase, pipeline and/or actual vacancies, this includes Apprenticeship opportunities as well as potential governance/advisory body positions.

The BME Employment fair will open its doors to diverse communities; supported by a project team who can help to match skills to vacancies/opportunities available on the day of the event. Following the event, the project team will facilitate jobs matching workshop for organisations and help with the recruitment and selection process.

Who should attend?

Public, Private, VCS Sector, Apprenticeship Providers


Attendance at Diversity in Tees Conference is FREE – 2 people per organisation.
Exhibitor costs for BME Employment Fair
Includes: Exhibition space, literature distribution, 2 extra spaces for conference
Limited availability – Book now, call Alex Robson on 01642 683 045

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