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Construction: Olympic Games 2012

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many young people who have completed further education construction courses have undertaken job placements as part of the Olympic construction process. (256093)

At the end of December 2008, there were 26 graduate trainees working for contractors on the Olympic Park. In addition, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) runs a work placement programme which allows undergraduates or recent graduates to obtain paid work within the ODA for up to 11 months.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many undergraduates are being sponsored to obtain a construction-related degree as part of the Olympic construction process. (256094)

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) does not specifically sponsor construction-related degrees but there are two other relevant programmes in place. The ODA runs a work placement programme which enables undergraduates and recent graduates to obtain paid work within the organisation for up to 11 months in functions such as planning, legal and procurement. Of the six people currently on this scheme, five are recent graduates, and one is an undergraduate. In addition, to the end of December 2008, there were 26 graduate trainees working for contractors on the Olympic Park.