Workforce on Olympic site will triple this year, with further apprenticeships pledged

Up to 30,000 construction jobs will have been created on the Olympic site in east London by 2012, according to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

The workforce on the Olympic park and Olympic village is expected to rise to 11,000 later this year, from the present level of 3,315.

The ODA this morning announced an additional 250 apprenticeship opportunities on top of the 2,000 already pledged. Firms bidding for new contracts would have to ensure that at least 3% of the workforce are apprentices.

ODA chairman John Armitt said: “We are also delivering vital business, jobs and training opportunities in a tough time for companies and workers. Maximising apprenticeships on the Olympic park is an important boost to this legacy.”

Olympic park jobs and training legacy

Some 7,000 people have worked on the Olympic park. Of the present workforce of 3,315:

  • Nearly one-quarter (23%) are local residents
  • Over half (57%) are from London
  • Just under one in 10 (9%) were previously unemployed before finding work helping deliver the Games and over half (51%) of these workers live locally
  • Almost one in 10 (9%) are trainees or apprentices
  • Three-quarters (76%) are directly employed.

Building the 2012 Olympics