Thousands of Londoners in pole position for jobs at Summer Games

17 May 2012

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced today that around 12,000 people living in the six east London Olympic boroughs have been offered jobs this summer at the 2012 Games, many of whom are currently unemployed and will be supported into permanent work after their Games role is over.

The Mayor, LOCOG and the six Olympic Host Boroughs, have been working together to ensure Londoners benefit from the Games. As a result of their combined efforts these 12,000 jobs will see local residents delivering essential services in the Olympic Park such as catering, cleaning and security.

These Olympic partners have provided ongoing support and guidance to prepare Londoners for job applications and attending interviews. The Mayor's £14 million 2012 Employment Legacy programme , which runs until 2014,  has already helped nearly 7,500 local unemployed people with their job search of which 2,000 have already started work.

After the Games, with new skills, experience and confidence, they will be further supported by his programme with help and encouragement to apply for long-term employment opportunities.

Overall, 37,000 previously workless Londoners have already gained access to employment through London 2012 related activity and 8,000 additional permanent jobs are planned for the Olympic Park after the Games.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Jobs are my top priority and the 2012 Games can deliver a real economic and jobs boost to all parts of London in these tough times.

"We can already see the great strides that have been made to see that people local to the Olympic Park are getting jobs and work experience. However we must go much further and build on this impressive start using the Games as a springboard to delivering a lasting legacy of jobs and economic benefit for the whole of this great city."

Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, Seb Coe said: “The London 2012 Games have already brought huge opportunities in terms of employment and we have worked hard in partnership with delivery partners in the host boroughs to ensure as many people as possible could benefit from these opportunities, including those who were long-term unemployed. We have been committed to recruiting 15-20 per cent of our workforce from the six Host Boroughs and I am proud that we are already beating this target.”

Notes to Editors

The 37,000 previously workless Londoners who have so far accessed employment as a result of the Games comprise Londoners who were previously unemployed and either:

- found employment on one of the  major projects associated with the Olympics (Olympic Park, Athletes Village, Westfield), or
- benefited from skills development and job search support delivered by a project linked to the Olympics (e.g. the London Development Agency's Employment and Skills Taskforce programme, Sports National Skills Academy), and found work as a result