The Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) latest employment statistics show that their 6,442-strong workforce fills the requirement of recruiting locally.
One in five (20%) of those working on the Olympic Park are resident in one of the five ‘Host Boroughs’ of Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. The initial quota was 15%.
The ODA have committed to employing within London by using a ‘jobs brokerage’ scheme that makes all vacancies accessible to locals for 48 hours before they are advertised more widely.
The report states that in addition to the 6,442 people currently working on the Olympic Park, 3,228 are working on the Olympic Village
The ODA have been following a ‘Jobs, Skills, Futures’ strategy during the recruitment process. As well as specifically providing jobs for Londoners, their training initiative provides people with the niche skills required to work on the Olympic Park.
A National Skills Academy for Construction is now in operation and includes the Thames House Training Centre and a Plant Training Centre.
The skills developed during this training will allow people to continue their career development after the Olympics.
The ODA have also committed to taking on another 250 apprentices which will take the total to 350.