Youngsters from ethnic minorities are missing out on apprenticeship places, it has been claimed.
Janet Murray, writing in the Guardian, spoke to several people from black and Asian backgrounds and claimed that employers are more likely to hire white, male candidates ahead of other appli-cants.
One of them was Michael Nyamekye, who stated that he was turned down from more than 150 jobs and apprenticeships in 18 months and felt uncomfortable going for interviews.
Jeremy Cook, director of the British Training and Enterprise Group, told the newspaper that stereotyping plays a big part in the under-representation of ethnic minorities.
"There are so many negative images of young black men. I think some employers are worried about how it might be seen if they send a black guy round to a customers' house," he added.
Des Lawson, HR director at Barcelo Law, said recently that hiring apprentices has paid off for his firm, with staff gaining all the knowledge and skills needed to serve the company well.
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