"Very often the surly young man in a hoodie who turns up looking unwilling to work can turn into an excited and motivated employee."
It may have been a well-intentioned comment, to encourage employers to take on young people, but the stereotyping of young men as "surly" hoodie-wearers "looking unwilling to work" seems to be yet another example of negative attitudes towards young people from those in positions of authority.
In a previous post, we looked at adults' negative attitudes towards young people, "despite the majority being well behaved, attending school, taking part in activities and a significant number contributing to their communities and volunteering".
The Prime Minister, has also courted controversy with remarks about hoodies (and even patronised his own back-benchers) and Mr Grayling is no stranger to causing offence, with various comments he has made over the last few years.
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