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Olympic Games 2012: Training

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington of 22 November 2007, Official Report, columns 1034-35W, on Olympic Games 2012: training, how many of the 1,500 training places provided by the local employment and training framework for the Olympic Games are for (a) apprenticeships and (b) level (i) 1, (ii) 2, (iii) 3 and (iv) 4 qualifications. (169670)

The initial focus of the local employment and training framework programme has been on basic employability and vocational skills based both on the needs of local people and those of the contractors currently employing the construction work force on the Olympic Park. The target for the financial year 2007-08 is 1,500 training places. Since its launch in January to September 2007, 1,169 training places have been offered, the vast majority of which were at level 1, with 13 above level 1. Information on places offered since then is not yet available.

The LETF is only one of a broad range of initiatives being undertaken by the Mayor’s London employment and skills taskforce for 2012, which is investing around £25 million per year in improving employment and training opportunities. LEST’s target is to reduce worklessness in London by 70,000 by 2012, including by 20,000 in the five east London host boroughs.

As part of this, the Prime Minister announced on 29 November a national constructions skills academy project on the Olympic park that would provide at least 1,000 job placements for people enrolled on local further education college construction courses, 1,000 other training placements for local people and more than 500 apprenticeship places.