Report on Olympics Local Employment and Living Wage (Supplementary) [4]

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


Mr Mayor, the other aspect of Darren's [Johnson] question is about local employment. Now, I have recently been appointed a member of the CRE (Commission for Racial Equality) for this body, and attended a meeting there last week. They are still consulting about equalities procurement, and will not be finished until January. I have spoken to City & Guilds and another number of organisations which provide training. I cannot seem to identify, anywhere, a critical path analysis of the skills required and the timeframe for those skills. When I talk to the colleges, they tell me that it takes six months to set up or, indeed, expand a training course. A basic plumbing qualification is two years. My fear is we seem to be dragging on identifying the skills shortage, the way in which that gap can be bridged, and by the time people are actually trained to fulfil some of these jobs, the jobs will be already completed and the jobs will run away with them. Who is actually tying this together? Is there analysis?


Answer for Report on Olympics Local Employment and Living Wage (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Report on Olympics Local Employment and Living Wage (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Development Agency (LDA) is responsible for driving forward the levels of schemes that we need in London, to train up Londoners who have not got those skills for the jobs that are coming, to the point where they will get them. Bear in mind that construction on site is not going to start until late 2008 at the earliest. Most of the LOCOG contracts will start to come into play in 2009, perhaps even late 2009. There is the time, and the LDA is putting in place the structure to make sure that we are able to maximise the number of Londoners who are getting employment out of the LOCOG and the ODA.