Olympic Games 2012: Construction

Olympics written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps she has taken to provide to the local workforce training in the specialist skills required to fill the 33,500 additional jobs identified by Construction Skills as necessary to complete preparations for the London 2012 Olympics.

Photo of Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Olympics and Paymaster General)

The London Development Agency, which leads on maximising the employment and skills benefits of the games in London, forecasts the demands for jobs on site. It also provides important recommendations about workforce training requirements, directly informing the joint construction training programme, as set out in the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA's) Employment and Skills Strategy. The strategy sets out how the ODA will work with a range of public and private sector partners to help its contractors recruit the 9,000-10,000 construction workers that will be needed at peak in 2009-10, and helps local employees develop their skills.

The Olympic site becoming a National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) is a critical part of this. The NSAfC co-ordinates training provision to meet the identified needs of the project, bringing together contractors and their supply chains, colleges and private providers, funding bodies and other agencies. Detailed plans are currently being prepared, which are expected to include targets for training local people.

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