Local Employment from the Olympic Games

MQT on 2004-11-17
Session date: 
November 17, 2004
Question By: 
Angie Bray
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In the IPPR/Demos report into the impact of the London 2012 Olympics it was stated, '..there is a real danger that any new employment opportunities will solely be accessed by well qualified individuals in the South East.' What is being done to ensure local residents benefit from any jobs created by the Olympics?


Answer for Local Employment from the Olympic Games

Answer for Local Employment from the Olympic Games

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to securing a London-based Olympics Games that provides real gains for local communities within the Lower Lea Valley, including employment opportunities.

The organizations involved in delivering the Games will develop strategies that enable agencies and contractors to draw as much of their workforce from local communities as possible. Equality will be a central aspect of these strategies with a focus on Olympics-related work opportunities for ethnic minority communities and disabled people.

Another central element of our strategy is the provision of training opportunities that will enable local people to capitalize on jobs generated by the Games. The LDA is working with a range of partners to improve skills in the area. The LDA is developing the London Thames Gateway Skills and Employment Action Plan that will tackle key skills shortages in East London and provide targeted skills programmes for the long term unemployed and ethnic minority communities.

The LDA is already supporting a variety of projects to help local people into employment through programmes in the area.

In addition each sub-region has been working on the legacy benefits of the Olympics, particularly focussing on how their region can both contribute and also reap real long term social and economic benefits.