Jobs & Skills Fair – Information

Jobs & Skills Fair - Information

Date: Thursday 13th February 2014

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Venue: The Highfields Centre, 96, Melbourne Rd, Leicester, LE2 0DS

The Race Equality Centre (TREC) through its Enterprising New Arrivals (ENA) programme supports the development and progression of individuals from Leicester’s new and emerging communities to progress into self-employment, employment or personal development. TREC is supported by Jobcentre Plus and The Highfields Centre to organise this event in order to provide information, advice and guidance to support individuals seeking employment and other development opportunities.

The Jobs & Skills Fair will be promoted and marketed by TREC/ENA in association with its partners to encourage individuals through its various community based networks and client records to attend this event.

We welcome local employers and information, advice and guidance service providers to promote and raise awareness of the employment and skills opportunities they have on offer to our communities, by having a stall at this event.

For your organisation the Jobs & Skills Fair will;

• Provide a stall for two members of your organisation to promote your opportunities.
• Access to individuals who want to take up your opportunities.
• Support and assistance from TREC, ENA, Jobcentre Plus & the Highfields Centre staff on the day.
• Luncheon vouchers for stall holders through the onsite “H-Café” and
• Parking facilities

If you are interested in taking part please complete the attached booking form and return to:-

Vinod Chudasama or Shabana Momin
The Race Equality Centre
3rd Floor, Epic House,
Lower Hill Street,

Telephone: 0116 299 9800



CCTV Appeal After Alleged Racist Assault In Shop

CCTV Appeal After Alleged Racist Assault In Shop

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Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after an alleged racist incident in a shop in Leicester. A man is suspected of racially abusing and assaulting a store assistant in the shop Humberstone Gate. During the incident the shop assistant was struck on the arm.

For more information please click here:

TREC invites you to – Cultural Resistance and Identity

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Invitation from TREC

To participate in a debate led by Arthur Dion Hanna Jnr. on: Cultural Resistance and Identity
Dion is on a speaking tour from The Bahamas. This paper was recently presented to the British Society for 18th Century Studies at St Hughes College, Oxford Dion works at Eugene Dupuch Law School, is part of ‘Make em Listen’ in The Bahamas, and studied Race and Criminal Justice at SOAS.


Edwards Lounge, Highfields Centre, 96 Melbourne Road, Leicester LE2 0DS
Tel: 0116 253 1053


2.30 pm to 4.30 pm



We look forward to seeing you.

Remember to follow TREC on: Twitter: @trec1967
Facebook: TREC TheRaceEqualityCentre Blog:

For further information contact: Chino Cabon or Iris Lightfoote: 0116 299 9800



Dear Friends,
The City Council is proposing a model for supporting a “Cohesive Leicester” which is fundamentally flawed and represents a retrograde step. The proposals out for consultation do not give a view on what is not working within the current arrangement nor, why and how a changed model will be better than what already exists.
The proposed model has been followed in other parts of the UK and has led to the embedding of disproportionate negative outcomes for communities most in need. Representatives of those affected have described the model as divisive in that it creates a culture of competition for services between communities, thus allowing the authority to use the division between communities to control their participation in public life.
Our work in seeking race equality for all people is most at risk. This could affect the fairness of services for children, fairness of access to community resources and the fairness of support for community groups.
The City Council’s proposals do not even outline a model for continuing our work in supporting the integration of recent migrants to the City and helping victims of discrimination and harassment to seek redress.
Your voice is urgently needed to shape the “Cohesive Leicester” being sought, and you only have until 17th January to speak out.
Proposed Changes in the City
If implemented, the City Council’s proposals will remove the existing support that TREC provides for residents in the City. Specific changes will include:
 The removal of the collective voice of racial minority voluntary and community organisations;
 The marginalisation of the issues relating to racial minority communities and the elimination of race equality understanding and considerations in policy development in the voluntary sector;
 Reduced consideration of race equality within public policies and operations of the city council leading to inappropriate and untargeted services;
 Risk to a dedicated service for new arrivals to the city granted refugee status which has ensured that they are integrated into life in Leicester through the provision of appropriate support;
 Risk to our work of identifying and sharing best practice for the achievement of race equality drawn from across the country;

 The removal of a ‘free at the point of use’ support service for individuals seeking assistance regarding complaints of racial discrimination or harassment.

These ‘at risk’ services are currently accessible to all. Under the City Council’s proposals, smaller racial minority communities will find it particularly difficult to be heard and supported.
For the City Council to achieve a “Cohesive Leicester” it does not need to abandon what is already in place – but it should enhance it. The current approach has been the beacon for the rest of the country.
Please speak out and let the City Council know what you think by:
 Attending the last consultation meeting at Thurnby Lodge Youth and Community Centre, Thurncourt Road, Leicester, LE5 2NG on Monday 13th January 2014 at 10.00 am – 12.00 noon;
 Taking part in the on-line consultation by visiting:
 Emailing your thoughts to Responses must be received by 17 January. Please don’t miss your
If you are in any way unsure about how to have your say, please don’t hesitate to contact: Iris Lightfoote or Chino Cabon
or call 0116 299 9800 Regards
Surinder M Sharma Chair, The Race Equality Centre

Preparation Into Employment And Routeways Accreditation

Preparation Into Employment And Routeways Accreditation

TREC’s job club has begun piloting a new English for Speakers of Other Languages course (ESOL) called the “Rapid English” course. It is funded with DWP Flexible Support Fund, and is being offered to customers who Job Centre Plus has identified as needing this support. This course was previously used with success in young offenders’ institutions, to teach young people basic language skills.

Previous use of the programme at TREC enabled us to help three students to obtain employment within the warehouse and cleaning sectors. Before entering the programme these clients were unable to speak, read, or write in English. Our help isn’t just limited to this course however and our staff were able to help clients to learn many skills that will be invaluable to them in the future such as our “CV workshop”, “covering letter” assistance, our “job application” workshop and more.

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In addition to all this we are also in our second year of delivering the “Routeways to Employment for Refugees” project. This is also funded through the flexible support fund. Over the course of the year we will be working with 80 specifically referred clients. So far, ten out of twenty service users have obtained employment, six have gained access to education, and three into volunteering opportunities from which they can further grow their skill base. Again this is a testament to TREC’s importance in Leicester and to our work in supporting vulnerable people in Leicester’s emerging communities.

Now that we are moving into our second year of operation of this programme, we have begun working with South Leicestershire College to deliver accredited training and support to our clients, under the EDI qualification. Our clients will not only learn all the skills from the workshops mentioned above but they will also be able to achieve a level 1 Certificate in “Preparing for Employment” which will be very beneficial to them as they move forward into the world of work.

Referrals on both these projects will only be taken through jobcentre plus.