Pride Month - thoughts by Nathan

‘Stride’ is a new initiative involving Lambeth, working with Lewisham, Southwark and Wandsworth Councils. It aims to encourage and develop job opportunities for young people in the creative and tech industries.

This talent development programme evolves from Lambeth Council’s partnership with the other south London boroughs introducing free activities helping young people. It’ll help them develop careers in industries such as architecture, design, film-making, advertising and web development.

Under Stride, young people should be able to forge careers in areas that are both well paid and expected to expand over the coming years. It includes a focus on championing creative and tech talent from underrepresented backgrounds.

Cllr Jacqui Dyer, Lambeth’s Deputy Leader and lead for Jobs, Skills & Community Safety, said: “Our young people are bright, ambitious and creative. As a council in the heart of London, we know there are opportunities in our economy and we want to make sure our young people are able to take them.

“Stride taps into those goals and objectives in practical ways and here’s a new and wide range of activities, support and networking opportunities on offer. I’d really encourage young people in Lambeth to get involved and see what most appeals to them.”

Stride is hosting a series of knowledge exchange events, The new Stride: Barrier Breakers ( ). These will help attendees establish connections, share key learnings and promote development opportunities to nurture creativity and innovation – for creatives, startups and growing enterprises.

The first Talent Scout virtual event on Wednesday, May 19 will share insights from speakers including Iconic Steps, Capital Enterprise, ERIC and School of Communication Arts.

There’s also panel discussions, insightful round tables, keynote speeches and hands-on workshops covering topics for all attendees, including:

  • Dispatches from the Old Boys Network – Host Victoria Ijeh from Iconic Steps leads a lively discussion with panellists Marc Lewis from School of Communication Arts, Nisha Kurian from We Made That and Oliver Benjamin from A New Direction. It focuses on increasing diversity in traditionally white male-dominated sectors.

  • How it Started … How it’s Going – Stride Partnership Network member and entrepreneur, Chijioke Anosike (Mental Savage Book Club), leads a fireside chat with panellists Elizabeth Belge and Judith Omoregie from efitter. They’ll showcase progress and success stories from across the Stride programme, as well as looking forward to the exciting developments in the pipeline.

  • Dear Employers, traditional recruitment methods are no longer working – Host Mae Yip from the ERIC App will lead a panel of three young creatives Samaksh Kalra from ERIC, content creator Paige Bernard and actress Laura Njoku. They’ll share their career ambitions, experiences applying for jobs, challenges they faced and what the future of recruitment should look like.

  • Diversity in tech: what next? – Emma Obanye, from Capital Enterprise, hosts a panel discussion with entrepreneurs who have taken part in the Stride programme. It highlights their experiences, what the next chapter of the diversity in tech movement looks like and the opportunities and challenges that exist for underserved entrepreneurs.

The event takes place on Swapcard, an online event platform that connects attendees in real-time, and is for over-18s. Attendance is free, visit Eventbrite to register for May 19th.

Written by: Dr Jacqueline Dyer – Director (Black Thrive Global)