Black and ethnic minority workers (BMEs) are being offered fewer chances to train and develop than their white colleagues, even though they are often better qualified, a TUC survey has revealed.
The survey shows that BMEs are less likely to be offered training with 31% receiving no training opportunities, compared to 29% of white workers.
The TUC blames workplace racism for the situation, following the publication of Workplace training - a race for opportunityITALS, which also shows that 28% of BMEs have a degree, compared to just 20% of white workers.
The dichotomy exists at all levels of working life, with 20% of all black graduates never being offered job related training, compared to 17% among white graduates.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber called for fresh legislation to encourage training provisions for all ethnic groups.
"Racism at work is still preventing too many black workers fulfilling their potential. We need new legislation that will force all employers to give equal access to training for all workers," he said.
Pakistani and Bangladeshi workers faced the worst barriers, with 39% and 47% respectively reporting that no training opportunities had been presented to them.
The divide in the manufacturing sector was the most stark, with more than 48% of BMEs offered no training, while public sector staff were far more likely to experience development.