The Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK) celebrates its 10th year Anniversary. A gala event in London has been scheduled to recognise the impact AFBE-UK has made.
AFBE-UK promotes higher achievements in education and engineering careers. Especially among people from black and minority ethnicity (BME) backgrounds across the United Kingdom. The organisation promotes diversity through programmes and activities which are led by exceptional professionals in the Engineering industry. Designed to bring about meaningful change, sustainable growth and a lasting positive impact to the UK. Since its launch in 2007 AFBE-UK’ outreach programmes have reached over 6000 BME individuals across the UK. The Association not only offers networking, mentoring, educational resources, opportunities to jobs.
The UK has a long standing history of engineering achievement and yet BME communities are underrepresented across the sector. The proportion of UK citizens from ethnic minority communities is projected to reach between 20%-30% by 2050. But only 6% of UK engineers are from BME backgrounds. Although an average of 25% of engineering university graduates are from BME backgrounds.
“The cradle to the grave approach employed by AFBE-UK has seen many young people from secondary schools to graduates from diverse backgrounds, study and secure employment in engineering as a direct result of engaging with AFBE-UK.” Nike Folayan, Chair.
The event will be held at The IET Savoy Place in November.