High Impact Accelerator Programme for BAME professionals launched to address the diversity gap in UK institutions

Career Masterclass is launching a transformative, high-impact accelerator programme designed to help experienced Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority professionals push to the next level in their careers, as part of its B2B offerings to companies seeking to invest in the development of their Black and ethnic minority workforce.

The programme aims to equip early to mid level career professionals with skills to build successful careers including leadership, building successful networks, confidence building, resilience, etc. The programme experience applies a blended learning approach, incorporating Masterclasses, drop-in Q and A sessions, mini-challenges and activities, group sessions as well as one to one mentoring sessions with industry leaders. 

The programme will be delivered by highly skilled industry leaders and professionals who have built successful careers and are familiar with the challenges faced by ethnic minorities in trying to progress their careers.

It will also be supported by access to the Career Masterclass digital learning platform, which has been designed to leverage personalisation via its proprietary technology to ensure that the solution is tailor-made for each participant’s individual career needs and requirements. It offers a unique solution to reinforce learning and provide ongoing support for participants at all times.

The high-impact accelerator programme will be packed with real life case studies, practical knowledge and tools and offered by industry professionals. It aims to drive transformative change by providing BAME professionals with insight and resources needed to advance in their careers, while also encouraging UK firms to create more inclusive environments. 

The programme will help address the issue of lack of BAME representation in senior positions within UK organisations. McKinsey’s Delivery Through Diversity report revealed that in the UK, 22% of university students identify as Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME), yet only 8% of UK executives in the study’s sample share this identity. However, companies with the most ethnically/culturally diverse boards worldwide are 43% more likely to experience higher profits.

“Diversity is essential for running a healthy business,” said Career Masterclass founder, Bukola Adisa. “To address this we need companies to invest in the development of their mid-level BAME employees to assist them in accessing senior level positions and, ultimately, enter the board rooms.”

Bukola who has led large teams in leading financial organisations in the UK remembers, “When I was at the top of my game, leading 100+ employees in a blue chip firm, I witnessed how rare it was to see Black and minority people in the boardrooms and in leadership positions. To address this disparity, I started hosting career development sessions in my free time to help Black, Asian and minority professionals, by arming them with necessary tools to succeed in their career.”

What started as a campaign in her free time to help a few chart their path into boardrooms by offering advice and training – has become a core business today with Career Masterclass boasting 12,000 members in 15 countries.

Career Masterclass has a track record for delivering dynamic talent development programmes designed specifically for organisations to attract, support and develop their diverse talent pipeline. Bukola has been invited by international companies such as Amazon, Deutsche Bank, Google Africa, Shell and HSBC  to lead professional development sessions focused on inclusion and talent development. 

Adisa said, “The challenges facing BAME professionals in the workplace are well documented and we provide tips and concepts to help overcome roadblocks and barriers to enable professional growth for participants.”

“Our programmes are designed by professionals who have used tried and tested principles to build successful careers. The programmes are underpinned by authentic, real-life examples of professionals’ experiences, which help to bring the concepts to life. We understand that as each participant is unique, so is every business. As a result, we offer a flexible delivery model to fit individual company needs or requirements.”

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