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

Monder Ram (Monder Ram is Professor of Small Business in the Department of Corporate Strategy, De Montford University, Leicester, UK.)
Balihar Sanghera (Balihar Sanghera is based at the Enterprise Research and Development Centre (ERDC), University of Central England Business School, Birmingham, UK.)
Tahir Abbas (Tahir Abbas is based at the Enterprise Research and Development Centre (ERDC), University of Central England Business School, Birmingham, UK.)
Gerald Barlow (Tahir Abbas is based at the Enterprise Research and Development Centre (ERDC), University of Central England Business School, Birmingham, UK.)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 June 2000

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.

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Ram, M., Sanghera, B., Abbas, T. and Barlow, G. (2000), "Training and ethnic minority firms: the case of the independent restaurant sector", Education + Training, Vol. 42 No. 4/5, pp. 334-341. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400910010347803

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