Joy Henry, a member of the West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum and chair of the Forum’s sub-group, pledged to support an initiative from Advantage West Midlands to promote training for business leaders.
“Better leadership is an important ingredient in putting together a recipe to lift the performance of the West Midlands regional economy. Our Forum has successfully lobbied to make leadership training available to smaller businesses on a consortium basis,” said Joy Henry.
She was commenting after a presentation by David Lampitt of Advantage West Midlands, who outlined work within the Regional Economic Strategy, to lift skills levels and encourage graduate recruitment and retention.
“We need to employ more graduates and people with higher level skills if the West Midlands are to have the kind of knowledge based economy needed to be competitive in the modern world,” said Joy Henry.
“The aim of the region is that graduates should fill 40% of all jobs by 2020. We welcome the Graduate Advantage Programme that provides leadership skills and placements for graduates, significantly increasing the recruitment and retention of graduates in the region and also the Graduate Recruitment Agency that is being set up to recruit between 1500-2000 graduates per annum.”
The Forum that provides strategic advice to Advantage West Midlands has asked for data about the number of graduates from the minority ethnic community in the region.