Moving Up BAME programme created to support black, Asian and minority backgrounds develop leadership skills


Skills for Care-care industry newsTo support those from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to develop the skills they need to progress to top leadership positions, Skills for Care, home of the National Skills Academy for Social Care, has developed the Moving Up BAME programme.

The programme offers an innovative approach based on a series of learning networks, one-to-one coaching and mentoring, aimed at supporting participants to develop their careers and leadership capacity.


Moving Up BAME was developed to increase the diversity of social care leaders. Currently, only 2.5% of social care directors are from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, whilst people from these backgrounds represent 12% of society.


Participation in the programme will:

  • develop leadership potential as a social care professional
  • extend capabilities to lead in a complex and changing environment
  • increase confidence and leadership knowledge
  • develop your ability to network at all levels
  • develop and utilise networks of both formal and informal support.


Anyone can take part, from local authority staff to managers in not-for-profit services, as long as they have the drive and determination to succeed as a manager in social care.

Learners from previous years have had positive things to say about the impact the programme has had on their careers.

A 2014 cohort learner said: “My understanding of my work has changed and people have a better understanding of what I am capable of. Following the course, I was given responsibility for a new project with the council. It was my first time taking a strategic leaf and the programme gave me the confidence to take that step.”

If you are interested in participating in the Moving Up BAME programme, which starts in October 2015, please visit

The comprehensive training programme costs £500 (plus VAT) for National Skills Academy for Social Care members and £600 (plus VAT) for non-members.


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