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Reach Society News

2019 Report of the 8th Careers Conference

On Tuesday, 9th April, Reach Society once again showcased talent in the Black community at its 8th Careers Conference. The attendance reached a new record of more than 1700 young people aged 13 to 24, and some parents. The turnout was a 50 percent increase on the year before.

Building Services Engineering Scholarships at Alpha BSE
Alpha Building Services Engineering Ltd (Alpha BSE) is delighted to announce two scholarships which will be offered in conjunction with Reach Society during the 2019-20 academic year.
Grace Foods UK, the UK’s leading supplier of Caribbean food and drink, is continuing its work on raising attainment with Brunel University London by announcing a third scholarship at the institution

Forthcoming Events

  • 29/05/2019 10.00am - Leicester Employability Day (at University of Leicester campus)
  • 31/05/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
  • 28/06/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
  • 26/07/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
The main objectives of the networking programme in the Reach Society are to generate amity between Black professional men.
Representation ImageThe representation programme: Connects Reach Society role models with young people, and in particular Black boys and young Black men, to inspire them;
Recognition AwardsThere are two sets of recognition awards - one for self development, which will be awarded to children and young adults; and the other for extra-ordinary contributions and long service to Reach Society.


Lloyds Bank Community Fund, 2012 Regional Winner
City & Islington College, 2014 Community Partner
BITC Race Equality Award, 2016 Highly Commended Award Winner

2016 Careers Conference

On Tuesday, 5th April, Reach Society made history. It was the day when Reach Society broke through the 1,000 barrier by having more than 1,050 participants involved in its 5th Careers Conference - the vast majority of whom were young people aged 14 to 24.


One of the 22 exhibitors Turner Lovell, a recruitment agency, announced that it hired one young person and had invited another half a dozen to interview. Thames Water promoted its full range of employment opportunities and the BBC promoted its apprenticeship programme. .

The Oxford University African Caribbean Society and friends attracted a good deal of attention as they discussed life as undergraduates in Russell Group Universities with eager and ambitious young people and parents. Similarly, four young men, Amos Bursary alumni and undergraduates at high value universities (in the Russell Group) inspired their audience in their Perfect 10 Workshop. 

Everywhere you looked in the main conference hall there was activity. There were large groups of young people around the first time exhibitors such as the RAF, Brunel University London, King's College London, Today's PA, Ascension Trust and the Enfield Caribbean Association. All of these exhibitors reported strong interest in their services and opportunities. 

Longstanding supporters of the conference such as Lloyds Bank, EDF Energy, Alpha BSE, Rare Recruiting, Excell3, Kick It Out and the London Black Teachers' Network were as popular as ever. Young people were keen to understand the benefits of the Lloyds Scholars Programme which could be accessed in year 13 by talented young people from lower income households. They were also keen to discover the wide range of opportunities on offer in EDF Energy, and the new pathways offered by Alpha BSE Training for building essential skills and qualifications needed in the building and construction sector.

Scores of attendees praised the new venue, the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square stating that it was very easy to access the workshops; interact with the cohort of more than 50 professional men, and the 22 exhibitors.

The featured speaker Sir Geoff Palmer, Emeritus Professor of Herriot-Watt University, was simply captivating. He both educated and inspired the large audience of young people, parents, professionals and exhibitors. Everyone learnt of his invention which transformed the British Brewing Industry and the choice of grain in overseas markets in Nigeria and elsewhere. 

A dozen lucky young people and adults who asked questions of Sir Geoff were rewarded with signed copies of his book (The Enlightenment Abolished) and of Reach Society’s book (The Story of Reach Society).

As the 5th Careers Conference drew to a close many attendees were still buzzing from the experience and some were overheard asking: "When can we go to the next one?"

Dr Dwain A Neil, Reach Society, Chairman (April 2016)

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