Awards News London 2012 Workforce Nears Peak

The combined Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village ‘big build’ workforce has reached 12,112, the latest employment and skills figures published by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) have shown. This is likely to be close to the peak of the workforce as work on the permanent venues is on track to complete by this summer in time for test events ahead of the 2012 Games.

Of the current ‘big build’ workforce nearly a quarter (24%) are resident in the five Olympic Park Host Boroughs and six out of ten live in London (60%).

The ODA also published annual figures for the British citizenship and nationality of the Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village workforce. Nearly two-thirds (64%) are British citizens and nine out of ten (90%) are EU nationals.

Programmes set up to maximise the ‘big build’ employment legacy have helped more than 1,200 previously unemployed local people gain work on the Olympic Park, delivered more than 3,000 places training people for work on the Olympic Park and other construction sites and enabled 408 apprentices to work on the project.

ODA chairman John Armitt said: “The “big build” of the Olympic Park and Village is on track and within budget and that is testament to the commitment and skill of the contractors and workforce.
“In a challenging period for the construction industry our contractors were employing 12,000 people and meeting our targets to take on local people and apprentices. Thousands of jobs up and down the country have also been created and protected in the supply chains delivering 2012 work.”

The ODA’s ‘Jobs, Skills, Futures’ targets include delivering an Olympic Park construction workforce made up of at least 15% of residents of the five host boroughs.

The latest Office for National Statistics Annual Population Survey (2009) showed that residents of the five Olympic Park host boroughs that were born outside of the UK range from between 26% to 48%.

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