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The Graduate Workforce Bradford Project

The Graduate Workforce Bradford project will help boost the job prospects of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) graduates across the Bradford Metropolitan District.

Working in partnership with thirteen key Bradford employer and community organisations the University will lead the three-year Graduate Workforce Bradford project. The project will address two challenges for Bradford. The underemployment and unemployment of BAME graduates; and the recruitment, skills gaps and work force diversity needs of Bradford employers, particularly within the health and social care, manufacturing and engineering, and public service sectors.

A group of students attending a networking event


We will do this by developing four workstreams:

Business Development Workstream

  • Activities to support businesses to develop their graduate workforce and pipeline
  • Supporting businesses to develop the diversity of their workforce

Graduate Talent Pool Workstream 

  • Enhanced/targeted guidance, job and enterprise coaching support
  • New opportunities, e.g. jobs. Placements, mentoring

Sector and Community Events Workstream

  • Engaging with local BAME community members to explore local labour markets and graduate opportunities
  • Building stronger partnership between local BAME communities and businesses

Action Research Workstream

  • Develop a deep understanding of the extent of place and culture-based career decision making on BAME graduate career choices
  • Identifying and testing new practice models to support BAME employability and employment
“We have a very strong track record in supporting the employability of our graduates, with 94% being in employment or further education within six months of graduation. However, we have to make sure that we identify any issues that lead to graduates not fulfilling their potential and Bradford employers not accessing the skills available”. Professor Shirley Congdon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford

Bradford Graduate Journeys

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Hear from University of Bradford alumni and students about their career journeys so far and aspirations for the future.

This video is also available with subtitles.

Project partners

  • University of Bradford
  • Bradford Council SkillsHouse
  • Varsity of Bradford Students’ Union (UBU)
  • Bradford Council Integrated Communities Programme (IC)
  • Education Development Trust (EDT, National Careers Service)
  • DWP
  • Bradford Chamber of Commerce
  • Bradford Health and Social Care Economic Partnership
  • West Yorkshire Police (WYP)
  • QED
  • Khidmat Centre (KC)
  • Bradford Trident (BT)
  • Opportunity Area (OA)
I am the only female at my base who works on site a lot; being the only female on site seemed like a bit of a challenge as I’d never been in that environment before. Everyone at Colas made me feel very welcome though and it was not as scary as it appeared at first. Sometimes being a woman in construction works better for you! My gender has never been a problem for me working in this company, I always feel like I belong. Kiram Hussain, 2017 graduate working at Colas, Leeds.

Find out more

If you would like more information regarding the project or interested in participating in the workstreams please contact Urfan Faqir, Project Leader u.faqir@bradford Tel 01274 235804 or Research Assistant Tel 01274 233114