The latest employment and skills figures published by the ODA show the combined total construction workforce for the Olympic Park and Olympic Village ‘big build’ has reached 9,164.
The ODA figures show 6,277 people are currently working on the Olympic Park construction site and 2,887 people are working on the Olympic Village. Of the current 6,277 strong Olympic Park workforce one in five (20%) are resident in the five Host Boroughs and over half live in London (53%).
The ODA has also published annual figures for the British citizenship and nationality of the Olympic Park workforce which show that over three-quarters (76%) are British citizens, compared to 70% in October 2008, and 88% are EU nationals.
The Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell joined ODA Chairman John Armitt to open a Community and Trade Union Learning Centre beside the Olympic Park which will offer free skills training and advice to site workers and the local community.
2,442 trainees have already passed through the National Skills Academy at the Plant Training Centre and Thames House Training centre in Newham set up to help local people access work on the Olympic Park and other construction sites.
The toughest year
ODA Chairman John Armitt said: “The ‘big build’ workforce is continuing to grow as we enter our toughest year. We are meeting our commitments to ensure employment and training opportunities for people living around the Olympic Park.
“The union learning centre by the Olympic Park site is another contribution towards the skills legacy that London 2012 is already creating in east London.”
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.
The latest Greater London Authority statistics showed that residents of the five Olympic Park host boroughs that were born outside of the UK range from between 22% to 44%.
The ODA works closely with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to ensure people working on site are legally entitled to do so. Since construction started UKBA representatives have been on site working in partnership with our security staff and contractors checking the documentation for workers before they start work on the Olympic Park.