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Olympic Games 2012: Construction

Volume 690: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made an assessment of the report published on 16 February in Building magazine on construction work for the 2012 Olympic Games and the availability of quantity surveyors and project managers. [HL2171]

The Government are committed to ensuring that the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games maximise the potential for job creation, training and business growth so that the Games leave a lasting social and economic, as well as physical, legacy for London and the UK.

The Government are aware of evidence, as outlined in Building magazine, to suggest a shortage of quantity surveying skills in the UK, and the DTI is working with Work Permits UK and industry bodies to establish a clear picture of the recruitment (skills) position in a number of construction sectors. The Public Sector Construction Clients’ Forum and the Strategic Forum for Construction are also looking at supply and demand for project management skills and driving through improvements.

The London Employment and Skills Taskforce action plan (2006) highlighted that the construction skills needs of the Games would represent only a fraction of the overall requirements in the region. The Olympic Delivery Authority is determined to ensure that requirements for construction and project management skills are met for the 2012 Games.