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Apprenticeships and Training

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

5. To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) training opportunities the Olympic Delivery Authority plans to make available on the Olympic park. (259260)

The Prime Minister announced last month that 250 additional apprenticeships would be created on the Olympic Park and Village. This is in addition to the existing commitment for 2,000 trainee, apprenticeships and work placements over the life of the project (of which 100 will be apprenticeships).

This increase will be achieved partly by requiring companies bidding for new contracts worth a total of £500 million to provide apprentices as 3 per cent. of their workforce—three times the south east regional average for the industry—to win them.

This demonstrates the extent to which Government remain committed to retaining jobs and skills in important industries, and our continued investment in training and skills so important for the future of the UK.