Kickstart Your Tech Diversity Pledge

The Kickstart Scheme allows tech employers the opportunity to ensure that every young person, regardless of their background, is given an opportunity to achieve their goals and contribute to the digital tech industry. Prior to COVID 19, however, young black men faced some of the highest unemployment rates in London—a shocking 33% compared to 15% for young white men, according to the London Mayor’s Workforce Integration Network (WIN), which was launched to help to improve pathways for underrepresented groups in the workplace. To address the gap of young black men becoming unemployed, the WIN programme will begin by supporting young black men aged 16 to 24 into living wage employment in London. According to the Office for National Statistics, unemployment among young black male jobseekers had increased from 28.8% in 2008 to 55.9% in the last three months of 2011.

The recent unemployment rate for young black men shows that we are headed in the same direction as in 2011, where 50% of black males were unemployed, and therefore, the Kickstart Scheme will help to prevent this from occurring after the Corona Virus pandemic.

One in three black and other ethnic minority workers have reported being unfairly turned down for jobs, pay rises, or a promotion, despite having the requisite skills and experience needed.

By selecting candidates that make up London’s diverse backgrounds, especially those young people who are under-represented in the industry, we can help to change this. We are requesting that businesses open the doors for black and other ethnic minority young people who are experiencing double the rate of unemployment than their white counterparts, by pledging to recruit young people from BAME backgrounds.

Why become a stakeholder of Kickstart TECH Pledge?

Hiring young people from a diverse culture boosts productivity, cultivates talent, and builds a diverse workforce. It improves creativity and productivity within your team while helping you to build a rich relationship with London’s diverse communities.

Additionally, on a wider scale, it improves diversity and inclusion in the digital and tech industry.

By taking this pledge, you will have the opportunity to empower those who are underrepresented in the digital tech industry and build a fairer society. Reduce the disproportionality in youth unemployment among black and other ethnic minority young people now. Kickstart your recruitment pledge by completing the form below:

Please make your pledge by filling out the form below. You can make a difference by offering at least one young person a place in your company or sponsoring them for the training we provide. Select at least one option for each point.

Kickstart Your Diversity Pledge

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