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Olympic Games 2012: Training

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps she has taken to promote training and development opportunities in boroughs where the London Olympics is likely to create jobs; and if she will make a statement. (164418)

An increase in skills and employment in the five Olympic boroughs is a vital part of the Game's legacy.

The Local Employment and Training Framework (LETF), for the five host boroughs, has committed £1.8 million this year to training, including construction, providing over 1,500 training places. The LETF also includes a local labour and business scheme, and through a second phase, education projects and skills development in wider sectors. The 2012 Local Employment and Skills Taskforce Action Plan, is helping train Londoners across many sectors including construction and hospitality.

The Personal Best Programme (the renamed Pre Volunteer Programme) will encourage workless and socially excluded people to gain new skills and increase job prospects through volunteering, benefiting 20,000 Londoners. Over 370 people have already gone through the pilot programme and 15 per cent. have already secured employment opportunities. Hackney is one of the pilot boroughs.

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) recently announced an additional £5 million funding for London this year, expanding training in key areas for 2012: sport, customer service, media and construction. This will focus on work-based learning and apprenticeships, and ensuring thousands of Londoners have practical skills for work.