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Construction training strategy launched for Olympics

The Olympic Delivery Authority(ODA) launched its strategy for employment and skills in construction yesterday at the official opening of the new Plant Training Centre on the Olympic Park site.

The strategy, 'London 2012 Jobs', 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 2009/2010 whilst at the same time helping people develop sustainable skills and a long term career path after the Games.

"The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a fantastic sporting celebration in 2012," said Prime Minister Gordon Brown. "They offer the opportunity not only to showcase sporting talent to its full, but also to promote a range of skills and talents in the local community.

"The job figures and the ODA employment and skills strategy published today show that the construction of the site can be the catalyst for lasting social and economic change. With over 10 per cent of the current Olympic Park workforce previously out of work an excellent start has been made and I wish the first graduates of the plant training school every success in their future careers."

The strategy includes a new jobs brokerage service, that will match candidates living locally and elsewhere in the UK with Olympic Park job opportunities; a multi-million pound National Skills Academy for Construction on the Olympic Park site, which will coordinate training across a range of providers for people to get the skills needed to win work on the Olympic Park and continue their career development once in work and a target of 2,000 trainees, apprenticeships and work placements working on the Olympic Park and other London 2012 venues, including a programme aimed at specifically at placing women into construction jobs.

The new Plant Training Centre will deliver practical training, tailored to the Olympic Park project, on equipment such as dumpers, telescopic handlers and excavators.

"London 2012 offers a unique opportunity to create jobs and skill-up local residents, the effects of which will be felt for years to come," said Skills Minister David Lammy. "Our investment in the skills we need to build world class facilities and infrastructure will bring considerable benefits to London’s economy."

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