Employment and Entrepreneurship for Ethnic Minorities
Radiant and Brighter supports ethnic minorities to overcome social, cultural and structural obstacles in order to gain employment through volunteering, upskilling and entrepreneurship.
The organisation which won the 2014 CEMVO Employment Impact Award has gained reputable recognition working with Business Gateway, RBS, Women’s Enterprise Scotland, ESpark, Job Centre, Baseline 360, and other agencies within Scotland. Using a bespoke, holistic approach tailor-made to suit clients, the programme empowers BME groups and individuals, to turn their already existing skills, qualifications and talents into employment and Entrepreneurship.
Through this programme, Radiant and Brighter have successfully trained and mentored over 100 people who had been at their lowest in the employment ladder into meaningful inclusion, jobs and enterprise. 15 of these were Business Start-ups.
Annette West founder of Shea Aroma skin care products made from Shea Butter says: “one of my favourites was the media workshop in which I learned how to use media to promote my business. I was not keen to engage with support agencies because I didn’t understand the benefits but as a direct result of Radiant and Brighter support I have engaged with mainstream support agencies and it is helping my business grow.” Radiant and Brighter provide support and training through three main pathways namely:
- Employability support which uses a twelve week programme to provide soft skills training such as cross culture communication and participatory learning. Through this, clients are also supported to identify their talents.
- Business Start-up support for individuals and groups to develop business ideas, through mentorship, networking support and referring to other support agencies such as Business Gateway
- Bespoke tailor-made training programmes to suit the needs of businesses and organisations on equality and Diversity, engagement, cross culture communication, and leadership.
Many people who come from other countries and indeed those from the local community have found the support of Radiant and Brighter very helpful in providing relevant information and support to be able to access available opportunities and mainstream support. Mariam Mahmud, a Microbiology graduate who was unable to find work for three years, was supported to start her own business ‘Shadeen27’. She says,
“Through the mentorship of Radiant and Brighter, I learned about business networking and was referred to other agencies and support networks which I was unaware of. They have been there for me from the idea stage to the final product and I still go to them when I feel stuck. I found their support very helpful because it helped to boost my confidence and kept me motivated while working on my business idea. Often people from BME communities have multiple obstacles and because Radiant and Brighter understands these obstacles, their support is personalised to suit individual needs, and address multiple issues that can slow down the business start-up process”.
Shadeen27 is a fast growing 100% Natural, Organic and Multifunctional Skincare product business.