by Richard Sudan
Immigration chief Damian Green has called for Curry Houses to train more British chefs instead of using the skills of migrants according to a front page splash in Eastern Eye
The comments by Green come as Home Secretary Theresa May has called for the introduction of ID cards to be scrapped-but not for non EU immigrants. In addition it is understood that a permanent cap is to be introduced early next year for the number of non EU immigrants, largely affecting South Asian countries.
The move by Home Secretary Theresa May and Immigration Minister Damien Green marks an effort by the government to fill some of the estimated 30,000 vacancies in curry houses currently seeking trainees, and it is thought that many Britons are deterred by the work due to long and unsociable hours.
Green speaking to the Eastern Eye newspaper commented:
“It is an industry that has to do better on training. Not enough has gone into training chefs, especially at the top end of the market. We are always importing them. We need to be a lot more creative. If we don’t have the skills to import them is not a sustainable policy. We have to impose a skills base”
Sunil Gadhia, Chairman of the Asian Business Association raised concerns over the move saying “We have concerns about the cap. Our view is that arbitrary caps have the risk of being detrimental to business. They want to hire the best and brightest to grow”.