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Strengthened partnership with AFBE-UK announced

AFBE-UK promotes higher achievements in education and engineering careers among people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds across the UK. It helps organisations do better when it comes to EDI, and offers networking, mentoring, educational resources and opportunities – since its launch in 2007, AFBE-UK outreach programmes have reached over 20,000 individuals from minority groups across the country.

Formalising and celebrating this partnership will see AFBE-UK further support us in carrying out our EDI strategy and recruitment processes, as well as assisting our EDI Working Group and Executive Team.

Dr Laura Norton, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the IET, said: “We’re delighted to officially formalise our partnership with AFBE-UK and continue our work together – our affiliation is a celebration of the work we have already done to support Black and Ethnic Minority engineers, but there is always more we can do. It’s vital Black and Minoritised Ethnicities feel represented across the engineering and technology sectors and as an Institution, we can further learn from AFBE-UK and develop as an organisation to ensure we’re supporting our colleagues, members, volunteers and the wider engineering community.” 

Dr Nike Folayan MBE, co-founder and chairperson at AFBE-UK, said: “We are delighted to continue our work with the IET and to see how we can continue to together drive change for the future of engineering. Our joint outreach work through various initiatives, as well as the IET’s demonstrable support for underrepresented groups, is really important and commendable.” 

If you’d like to learn more about AFBE-UK, please visit here.