Report on Olympics Local Employment and Living Wage (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Is that Londoners who already have the skill sets that are needed to fulfil those jobs, or are you actually looking for local employment to have a regeneration impact on the five Olympic boroughs? I really do get the sense that if you are in work, you are working for a company, and you have got skills, you will get a job there, perhaps higher paid than Darren (Johnson) expects, but if you are unemployed, you will remain unemployed, unless you take a labouring job.

Answer

Answer for Report on Olympics Local Employment and Living Wage (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Report on Olympics Local Employment and Living Wage (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No. We have got to accept that we do not have sufficient skills, in this city, at this time, to actually deliver the Olympics. There would be an awful lot of labour coming in from outside London, either from other parts of the country, or internationally. Therefore, everything we gain out of this is an advance, and a pure benefit. My view is you go for the maximum amount of training for new skills with existing Londoners, so they can access these jobs, and we will be spending millions of pounds to achieve that.