- Published on Monday, 08 March 2010 00:00
The latest employment and skills figures published by the London 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) show that 4,842 people are currently working on the Olympic Park construction site.For the first time the Olympic Village project is included in the ODA's quarterly 'Job, Skills, Futures' update bringing the combined total construction workforce for the Olympic Park and Village 'big build' to 7, 270. 2, 428 people are working on the Olympic Village alone. Of the current 4, 842 strong Olympic Park workforce more than one in five (21%) are resident in the five Host Boroughs and over half live in London (55%). ODA Chairman John Armitt said: "The 'big build' of the Olympic Park and Village is on track and providing vital employment, training and business opportunities in London and across the UK. Our steady progress on regenerating this part of east London is testament to the workforce on site and hard work of thousands across the UK whether they are fabricating steel in Wales for the Aquatics Centre or growing wetland plants in Norfolk for the parklands. "The London 2012 '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 'Jobs, Skills, Futures' strategy to boost the Olympic Park jobs and skills legacy includes:• A jobs brokerage service, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and the five Host Boroughs, that matches candidates living locally and elsewhere in the UK with Olympic Park job opportunities. Since May 2008, 631 jobs have been filled through the brokerage, which gives local people a 48 hours to access jobs before they are advertised more widely. • A National Skills Academy for Construction funded by ConstructionSkills, the Learning and Skills Council and the London Development Agency. This coordinates training across a range of providers, which now includes the Thames House Training Centre, in addition to a Plant Training centre for people to get the skills needed to win work on the Olympic Park and continue their career development once in work. • As part of this 1, 478 trainees have passed through the National Skills Academy at the Plant Training Centre and Thames House Training centre in Newham. • A commitment to an additional 250 apprenticeships to be created on the Olympic Park and Olympic Village partly through the inclusion of a specific requirement to take on apprentices in future contracts. This clause sets a target of 3% for apprentices in the future workforce of projects currently being procured. • A target of 2, 250 trainees, apprenticeships and work placements working on the Olympic Park and Village, including a programme aimed at specifically at placing women into construction jobs. Further facts:• To ensure transparency regarding the workforce, the ODA collect and publish figures on the Olympic Park workforce, collected through the enrolment process. The figures can be downloaded at: http://www. london2012. com/documents/oda–publications/jobs–skills–futures/jsf–bulletin–october–2009–final–20091027. pdf• Following the decision to publicly fund the Olympic Village development, the total number of people employed on the Village project is now included in the total figures. • Workers included in the statistics are those who have spent at least five days working on the Olympic Park or Olympic Village over the period of measurement applied. • The more detailed breakdowns of the contractor workforce apply solely to the Olympic Park workforce at this stage. • Only Olympic Park workers that give a permanent address in one of the five host boroughs are counted as local. We are reliant on the accuracy of the information provided by workers at their point of enrolment. • The ODA does not have a minimum period of residence in a host borough before a person is classed as resident there. This convention is used by numerous other public authorities including Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, Local Taxation and Valuation, amongst others, which deems a person to be a resident in an area from the day they move permanently to the specific address.