Black History Month

NPTC Group of Colleges has been proud to celebrate Black History Month throughout October.

Black History Month is a national celebration of black histories, cultures, and communities. It provides us all with an opportunity to reflect on racial equality and consider the part we all play in making our community a fair, welcoming, and supportive environment for people of all ethnicities.

The College offered free ‘Don’t Hate, Educate’ anti-racism awareness workshops for all staff and students. These impactive, refreshing and interactive awareness workshops were delivered online by EYST (Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales), giving attendees knowledge and understanding about race issues in contemporary Wales.

This is in addition to College tutors delivering tutorials throughout the month, a vast amount of resources being made available on the college’s intranet and our Library Services producing a reading guide on this topic, including an anti-racism reading list.

As part of NPTC Group of Colleges’ ongoing commitment to race equality, we have also signed up to the Race at Work Charter; a national charter that supports employers to champion racial equality in the workplace. It is an initiative designed to improve outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees in the UK.

The charter builds on the work of the 2017 McGregor-Smith Review, ‘Race in the Workplace’; a wake-up call for UK employers, which found that people from BAME backgrounds were still underemployed, under-promoted and under-represented at senior levels. So far, more than 200 public, private and charitable organisations have signed up to the charter.

Catherine Elms, the Colleges’ Senior Student Involvement and Diversity Officer said:

“At NPTC Group of Colleges, we celebrate and value the diversity of our students and staff, and equality and diversity are key principles that underpin everything we do. Black History Month provides us all with an opportunity to reflect on racial equality, educate ourselves on these important issues, and consider the part we all play in making our communities fair, welcoming and supportive for people of all ethnicities. It is not enough to dislike racism and injustice – we must all work towards eradicating it.”