The Olympic Delivery Authority is shortly to commence a procurement process in order to identify a potential legacy user for the international broadcast centre and the media and press centre. A final decision on legacy use will therefore not be made until that process has been completed.
The Government are fully committed to the principle of national skills academies. They aim to have the first 12 in place by 2008, with an aspiration of one in each major sector of the economy, as resources permit. To date, four national skills academies have been approved and a further four are in the business planning process. Expressions of interest for additional academies have recently been invited in the round 3 prospectus, launched in January 2007. The closing date for expressions of interest is 5 March 2007. All proposals received will be assessed by an independent, employer-led panel against criteria that include clarity of vision, strength of employer support and sustainability. The Government wish to encourage proposals from all sectors that do not yet have an academy under development. This includes those who submitted proposals in previous rounds that were not selected by the panel.