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Racist industry puts off skilled black workers

LETTERS Prize letter

Sir, I have read your recent articles on the problems encountered by migrant workers (News, June 2).

The problems of attracting employees from other industries has been daunting, yet I feel we do not value the workers we have, who are highlyqualified British citizens.

If you have a constructionrelated degree and a postgraduate degree in construction management and economics with some five years of experience within the industry, you would think it would not be a problem gaining reputable employment. But in my experience the reverse is the case, and I believe it is down to colour.

Before being called for interview it all seems promising but once employers see you they come up with one excuse or another. How do we change the frame of mind of people who seem to live in the 18th century?

In my experience investing in construction is like putting your time, money, and effort into a hole.

Is construction one of the last industries where it is a disadvantage to be black?

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