Training and ethnic minority firms: the case of the independent restaurant sector

Sanghera, Balihar, Ram, Monder, Abbas, Tahir, Barlow, Gerald (2000) Training and ethnic minority firms: the case of the independent restaurant sector. Education and Training, 42 (4/5). pp. 334-341. ISSN 0040-0912. (doi:10.1108/00400910010347803) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Through the medium of a case study of Birmingham’s ethnic minority-owned independent restaurant sector, the nature of training in the firms, the reasons for informal training, and employees’ tolerance of harsh working conditions are examined. The reluctance of many small businesses to utilise formal programmes of training is confirmed. However, even in this sector, which is characterised by poor personnel practices, the importance of informal approaches to training and learning is noteworthy. Moreover, from the perspective of workers, employment in the ethnic minority business sector can be seen as a form of training in itself; it can constitute an “apprenticeship” for entrepreneurship rather than permanent entrapment in low-paid work. However, the capacity to realise this goal is contingent upon the availability of class resources. Further research is needed to explore approaches to training in other sectors that ethnic minorities are engaged in.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/00400910010347803
Uncontrolled keywords: Ethnic groups, Performance, Restaurants, Small firms, Training, Working conditions
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2014 16:18 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38263 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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