17 May 2022

TUC South West Black Talent Programme

Levoy Getton, DWP writes about the Black Talent Programme launched by the TUC to find and develop black trade union activists across the southwest region.

The Southwest TUC have launched a programme to find and develop Black Trade Union Activists across the Southwest Region. The programme is part of a wider TUC strategy to tackle racism not only in society, but also in the trade union movement. PCS, the TUC, and other unions have a good record in fighting for greater equality and fairness at work. But we need more Black activists, reps, and officers in our movement. Tackling racism includes finding and developing new Black talent at all levels. 

Therefore, TUC Southwest have launched a year-long Black Talent Programme that will support, uplift, and provide skills training to Black trade unionists This development scheme has space for twenty black members and will be a mixture of virtual and face to face events that are designed to equip the participants with skills and opportunity to network with other black activist from other union across the local trade union movement.

Some of the planned activities are to attend and observe next years Southwest TUC conference. Go to the Houses of Parliament and TUC Congress House in London.

This programme is oversubscribed, so there are 24 successful candidates, Davina Camadoo, a PCS member from Bristol, and a DWP GEC member, is one of those candidates. This is what she has said about the opportunity.

“I intend to make the most out of this course to reinforce my skills, knowledge, ability and to inspire other Black members to consider and apply for such an opportunity in the future. I will share widely the benefits I derive from the programme and hopefully sharing with others my experience on breaking barriers for Black trade unionists in moving forward and taking up roles that perhaps would have never been previously considered within the workplace, branch, or union. Thanks again to my comrades who helped me achieve this.”

Levoy GettonPCS Southwest Black Member