The Government has launched a new strategy to help ethnic minorities achieve employment success.
The 'Ethnic Minorities and the Labour Market' report, by the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, sets out an action plan to open pathways of achievement - so that more ethnic minorities can move from high-attainment in the classroom to success in the workplace.
Under the plan, there will be action to reduce achievement gaps in schools between ethnic groups, tailored programmes to connect the jobless with work, and initiatives to encourage more businesses to become good equal opportunities employers.
The report sets out a fresh approach which goes beyond traditional anti-discrimination policies to address the many barriers that can get in the way of success in jobs and careers.
And it makes plain that different ethnic minority communities face different barriers to success in the labour market - and that Government policies must be finely-tuned in response.
Tony Blair said:: "Britain has become a much more ethnically-diverse country. This has brought widespread benefits to the nation’s culture, economy and society.
"Some ethnic minority groups have done well in the education system and in the labour market. But, too many members of ethnic minority communities are still being left behind. And even those individuals who achieve academic success do not necessarily reap the rewards in the workplace that their qualifications merit.
"We need a much more fine-grained approach, with interventions tailored to meeting the different needs of particular groups. This report contains such a package of fresh and practical measures, all of which will be implemented immediately as government policy."