Olympic workforce peaks at 12,635

Aaron Morby 11 years ago
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The army of construction workers on the Olympic Park and Village has swelled in number to a peak of 12,635.

According to the latest figures published by the Olympic Delivery Authority nearly a quarter of the workforce live in the five boroughs around the park.

This far exceeds the initial target of 15% of the workforce from the five host London boroughs.

Six out of 10 live in London highlighting the skills and work legacy to the capital.

So far the Olympic Village project edges ahead as the biggest employer creating 6,309 jobs compared with 6,034 on the Olympic Park.

But with the Olympic ‘big build’ nearing completion numbers will soon start to decline as the project moves into the final commissioning phase.

During March 2011, 4% of the Olympic Park contractor workforce were women, around 1.9% working in the manual trades. The Olympic Village performed less well with a 3% head count of women and 1% working in the manual trades.

The construction programme has helped a total of 1,400 unemployed local people back into jobs and delivered 3,400 training places.

But actual apprenticeships reached just 426 on the project.

A clause sets out a target of 3% for apprentices in the future workforce of projects currently being procured.

ODA Chief Executive Dennis Hone said: “The site and supplier workforce have done us proud, completing construction on the Stadium and Velodrome and being on track to finish all the main venues and infrastructure this summer ready for test events ahead of the Games.

”Alongside the immediate economic legacy of providing work, contracts and a showcase for the work of UK plc, the ‘big build’ has supported long-term career development for people living close to the Olympic Park, previously unemployed people and apprentices.”

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