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Conference to boost job prospects

PUBLISHED: 02:00 01 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

MEN keen to improve their employment prospects attended a half-day conference in Ipswich.

The information, advice and guidance conference was aimed at identifying the barriers in employment and training opportunities for men in the black and ethnic minorities.

MEN keen to improve their employment prospects attended a half-day conference in Ipswich.

The information, advice and guidance conference was aimed at identifying the barriers in employment and training opportunities for men in the black and ethnic minorities.

Organisations such as Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk College, Community Education, Sure Start, information advice and guidance services, Prosper and Ipswich Library had information stands at event in Ipswich's Murrayside Community Centre.

The event included a workshop where 60 people in the black and ethnic minority community were split into three language groups Bengali, Chinese and English.

The aim was for people to share their experiences about getting information, advice and guidance on issues such as personal development, training and job opportunities.

The workshop looked at issues such as whether services were accessible and the barriers preventing them developing.

Organiser Mahbubul Alam, Suffolk County Council community education worker, said: "The day went very well and I think we have achieved what we set out to achieve." He thanked local businesses for donating prizes for a raffle on the day.

A report will be written up to help find a way forward and people who attended will get feedback from the event.

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