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Olympic Park is employing local residents and meeting job targets

Newly published figures show that 20% of the Olympic Park workforce is made up of local residents, and 10% of workers were previously unemployed.

The figures, released today by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), also show that 20% of the local residents working on the site were previously unemployed before working on London 2012, and 10% of Olympic Park workers are doing a traineeship, apprenticeship or work placement.

Workers are counted as local residents if their permanent address is in one of the five Host Boroughs − Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

A further 33% of the workforce lives elsewhere within London.

Over 10,000 people have worked on the Olympic Park to date, and the current workforce is 4,434 strong.

On track for targets

The new figures show that the ODA is on track to meet its ‘Job, Skills, Futures’ targets. These include delivering a construction workforce of which at least 10%-15% are residents of the five Host Boroughs and at least 7% were previously unemployed.

A third target states that at least 2,250 people must be placed into traineeships, apprenticeships and work placements by 2012. There are currently 450 such people.

The ODA is committed to create an additional 250 apprenticeships on the Olympic Park and Olympic Village.

Employing locally

The employment of local residents has been ensured through the use of a jobs brokerage service, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and the five Host Boroughs.

Jobs are accessible by local people for 48 hours before they are advertised more widely, and over 500 jobs have been filled through the brokerage since May 2008.

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