Some 10,333 people are currently working on the Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village as the ‘big build’ approaches its peak, according to the latest employment and skills figures published by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).
Of the current 6,243-strong Olympic Park workforce just over one in five (21%) are resident in the five host boroughs and over half live in London (54%). Of the current 4,090-strong Athletes’ Village workforce one in four (25%) are five host borough residents and more than six out of ten (64%) live in London.
Some 3,166 training places have been delivered through the National Skills Academy for Construction, including the Plant Training Centre and Thames House Training Centre in Newham, which were set up to provide training and work opportunities on the Olympic Park and other construction sites.
ODA chairman John Armitt said: “The Olympic Park and Village “big build” are on track thanks to the hard work of everyone on the site. In a tough time for the construction industry we are providing jobs for more than 10,000 workers and meeting our commitments to safety, training and employing local people and apprentices.”
The ODA’s ‘Job, Skills, Futures’ targets include delivering an Olympic Park construction workforce made up of at least 15% of residents of the five host boroughs.