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BLD Foundation’s object is to advance education among Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our ethos is about changing lives and transforming businesses.

The BLD Foundation aims to make a real difference on diversity and social mobility in the legal and other professions.  Black, Asian and other minority ethnic lawyers are less likely to reach the highest levels of the legal profession and are therefore disproportionately disadvantaged in obtaining training contracts and future opportunities to work in the field.

Although only 7% of the population are educated at a private school, 70% of High Court Judges, 54% of FTSE 100 chief execs, and 32% of MP's come from this background. OECD 2010

We work with schools and school aged children to raise their aspirations and awareness of opportunities that exist within the legal and other professions as well as with universities, business and undergraduates and provide access to:

  • Information – through our online learning resources and vodcasts
  • Real life experiences – through open days and work experience at Top UK 100 companies and
  • Life skills and soft skills development – through events, workshops and open days
  • Guidance – through mentor relationships and access to diverse role models and senior professionals.

We have seen enormous benefits and further potential for closer working between ourselves, schools, universities, law firms and other businesses – particularly where there is an understanding and a willingness to engage in improving the diversity and opportunities for social mobility within their organizations.

 

“There is nothing more tragic than someone having the ability or the talent, but not the

encouragement or opportunity to realise their potential. A high level of social mobility matters

because it is the means by which people become what they can be” Unleashing Aspiration: Government Response to the Milburn Report Recommendation,  2009

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