News Olympic Workforce Reaches 12600

The number of construction workers on the Olympic Park and Village has reached 12,635, according to the latest employment and skills figures published by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

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.

Of the current 12,635 strong workforce a quarter (25%) are resident in the five Olympic Park Host Boroughs and more than six out of ten live in London (62%).

The construction programme has helped more than 1,400 previously unemployed local people gain work on the Olympic Park, delivered more than 3,400 places training people for work on the Olympic Park and other construction sites and enabled 426 apprentices to work on the project.

ODA chief executive Dennis Hone said: “The Olympic Park and Village is being delivered on track and within budget by a dedicated and hard working team in London supported by thousands more people working for sub-contractors and suppliers up and down the country.

“The site and supplier workforce have done us proud, completing construction on the Olympic Stadium and Velodrome and being on track to finish all the main venues and infrastructure this summer ready for Test Events ahead of the Games.

“Alongside the immediate economic legacy of providing work, contracts and a showcase for the work of UK plc, the ‘big build’ has supported long-term career development for people living close to the Olympic Park, previously unemployed people and apprentices.”

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