Over the last 9 days of the coalition there might at times have been a temptation by the Conservatives to renege on their promise to Black communities that they would – with Operation Black Vote – roll out a major Whitehall internship for BME communities.
Not only have they announced they will honour that pledge, but they have gone one step further by announcing a national enterprise scheme that will mentor individuals who would like to set up their own business.
Outlining the proposal the coalition Government stated in its landmark paper:
“We will promote improved community relations and opportunities for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, including by providing internships for underrepresented minorities in every Whitehall department and funding a targeted national enterprise mentoring scheme for BAME people who want to start a business.”
OBV’s Director Simon Woolley welcomed the commitment stating:
“This is small but significant step. This process along with others will help ensure Whitehall is more representative, and give crucial civil service experience to a wide range of BME individuals. The Business project too should nurture a new generation of entrepreneurs.”