A union-run scheme to encourage skills training among black and Asian engineers has won a Government grant.
The Department for Education and Employment has given £19,000 for the first stage of the project, which aims to give ethnic minority engineers an opportunity to broaden their experience and identify barriers which have prevented them securing training in the past.
The programme is run by civil service union the Institute of Professionals, Managers and Specialists. The first stage will end next April.
Engineers in the Highways Agency and the Radio Communication Agency will be first to benefit from the project, which is also backed by the Engineering Council.
The union hopes to broaden the scheme to other private and public sector employers.
The government money will be used to buy training materials and research tools.
Engineers on the training scheme will be asked to create a programme for their development and establish a network of engineers from ethnic minorities.