No work no status: the impact of the economic downturn on London’s BAME communities is the latest research report from BTEG. The title summarises the feeling of not belonging of those unemployed who participated in the 18 months research.
Highlights of the report indicate:
- The psychological impact of unemployment on individuals, which can be harsh and devastating;
- That overcoming barriers and obstacles to getting back into employment requires tenacity and opportunism;
- Key concerns about how to get the most out of the support structure and re-engagement possibilities that exist;
- That support structures such as JobCentre Plus were not overly supportive, that they were less interested in the person and more incline to ‘tick boxes’ and get them out and onto “useless jobs that don’t pay any real money.”
- BAME people have higher levels of unemployment and are becoming increasingly dependent on state/welfare benefits;
- That some NEET related programmes are ineffective and questionable as to supporting transition into employment;
- That some BAME communities do not recognise apprenticeships as being of ‘equal’ status to an academic qualification and so prefer to encourage their young people to aspire to academia.
The report’s conclusion is that unless there is a marked reduction in the rate and level of unemployment amongst BAME, there is a danger that this cycle will continue over future generations.