BMet’s BAME Network award-win officially highlights their commitment to diversity and inclusion
The judges of the Black Talent Awards have deliberated and decided that BMet’s BAME Network has a winning formula of putting diversity and inclusion at the forefront of the college’s needs.
Members of the award-winning initiative certainly made their mark at the prestigious Black-Tie event held at Edgbaston Stadium , after beating off stiff competition and seizing the coveted “Employee Resource Group/Affinity Network” prize.
The Evenfields event is held annually to celebrate and recognise rising talent of people of African Caribbean origins.
Hosted by acclaimed broadcaster and journalist from Birmingham, Marverine Cole and acclaimed comedian, actor and writer Aurie Styla from London, the action-packed event included 16 award categories, performances from local talent and culminated with a set by world-class professional DJ, Mexy.
Homage was also paid to the Empire Windrush Generation at the ceremony, as this year commemorates the 75th anniversary of passengers arriving to the UK.
BMet College’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Network was formed in 2018, by a group of six staff members from different ethnic backgrounds.
Over the last five years, the BMet BAME Network has embarked on a journey of growth and influence, which has allowed them to become an integral part of the strategic management at BMet.
The Network’s membership has grown to over 50 members and a host of external industry contacts.
Speaking of BMet’s BAME Network Award win, Chair Glenice Allison said: “It is great that our efforts to put diversity and inclusion at the forefront and to push for an ant-racist college have officially been recognised and have paid off. Being nominated for an award is praise enough but actually winning an award is the “icing on the cake!
“I am so proud of each and every one of the members of our team who all play a very important part in shaping the BAME Network into what it is today and to what it will continue to develop into in the future.
“We are ecstatic that our work continues to positively impact equity, diversity and inclusion within both curriculum and non-curriculum areas at BMet. The future for the BAME Network and BMet as a whole now looks even brighter!”
To find out more about the event and to see pictures that highlight the activities, please visit https://www.blacktalentawards.co.uk/
BMet College is a large general FE college with approximately 16,000 learners and three main campuses based in Birmingham: James Watt College at Perry Barr, Matthew Boulton College in central Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield College.