Ethnicity

Many organisations actively seek applications from ethnic minorities who may be underrepresented in their work force. There are a number of schemes in existence aimed at helping students and graduates gain the experience and skills that employers are looking for.

 

  • Asian Jobsite - recruitment site advertising vacancies in the public and private sector for ethnic minority students and graduates.
  • Aspiring Solicitors - work with law firms and legal teams to provide events, mentoring, competitions, employability assistance and access to the legal profession.
  • Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK)- volunteering and networking opportunities, free job alerts, mentorship, discounted events and free CV advice. Student memborship is £10 annually. 
  • AGCAS: Equality and Diversity (Diversity Matters) - advice on disclosure, identifying diversity positive employers and understanding your rights.
  • Black Solicitors Network
  • BLD Foundation - offer an annual 'Legal Launch Pad (LLP) programme', targeted at first and second year students from ethnic minorities.
  • Charityworks Taster Programme - provides talented BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) students and recent graduates experience of working in the non-profit sector. 
  • Civil Service Early Diversity Intership - a one week, travel expenses paid placement. Individuals are placed in a government department with a mentor.
  • Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship - gives people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to see what a career in the Civil Service is like.
  • Creative Access - supports students in securing jobs and paid training opportunities at creative companies.
  • Diversityjobs - vacancies from employers who understand the value of building a diverse workforce.
  • Elevation Networks - organise networking events, mentoring, internships, skills development and volunteer opportunities for students and graduates  in particular, but not exclusively, for people from minority ethnic backgrounds, women, and those affected by disability, poverty or social and economic circumstance.
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission - news and advice on race issues.
  • Ethnic Minority Jobsite - aims to improve recruitment and communications with black and minority ethnic people and groups.
  • Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship- a scholarship aimed at male first year Black African/Black African Caribbean or Mixed Race students interested in a future career in Law or the City.
  • Government Communication Service (GCS) Internship- a 6-12 week placement within either a government department or public body.
  • KPMG- Black Heritage Talent Insight Programme - a three day insight programme for final year students or recent graduates. Opportunity to fast-track through recruitment process.
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme - provides finance, professional contacts and opportunities to those who have faced obstacles to qualification (NB the eligbility criteria are subject to change). Typically open from February to April each year.
  • NUS Connect-Moving On- an employability guide for BME students and graduates.
  • Pegasus Access and Support Scheme - development programme including mini-pupillage to support aspiring barristers who have not yet started the BPTC. Eligibility based on low socio-economic requirements not BAME, although preference is given to applicants who have participated in certain BAME (and other) programmes.
  • Rare Recruitment- training and development programmes in different sectors in partnership with clients in banking, consulting, law and the public sector. Internship and graduate opportunities with partner organisations available. 
  • Society of Asian Lawyers - includes details of a mentoring scheme.
  • Society of Black Lawyers  
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) London – non-profit organisation providing under represented ethnic minority students summer internships at top financial services firms.
  • The Sewport Fashion Design Scholarship - a £2,000 scholarship opportunity for BAME students to contribute to their studies as well as free clothing manufacturing to bring their winning design to life.
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) London - non-profit organisation providing underrepresented ethnic minority students summer internships at top financial services firms. 
  • Stuart Ross BAME PR Internship - an 11 month placement for students or recent graduates. Based in one of the UK's busiest press offices, the placement provides the opportunity to develop essential skills for a career in PR. A bursary to cover London living expenses is also provided.
  • TARGETjobs Events - includes the 'BAME City Law' event.
  • Taylor Bennett Foundation - a 10 week programme for graduates interested in a career in public relations or corporate communications
  • The Guardian Positive Action Scheme - summer scheme offering insight into the profession, working across the newspaper and the website.  
  • (WCAN) - Women in the City-Afro Caribbean Network- offer mentorship opportunities, networking events, fast-tracking with sponsor firms and other support for the professional development of black women.
  • Windsor Fellowship - sponsored undergraduate placements for first year students in national organisations.
  • Worthwile - graduate schemes with innovative small charities and social enterprises. 
  • What's Up TV Training - 14 weeks intensive training for individuals interested in the TV and film industries. Additional opportunities for paid placements at the BBC and Procam TV.