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Home > News > February 2006 > 01-Feb-2006

Major skills study for the London 2012 Games gets underway

A new study is about to be undertaken on the skills that workers will need to deliver a successful London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Researchers commissioned by the London Development Agency (LDA) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) will be examining the skills and training requirements needed to build the Olympic Park and Legacy development in East London, and to stage the actual Games in 2012.

The results are expected to identify potential skills gaps and assess the peaks and troughs of demand that in turn should enable key delivery organisations and businesses to plan ahead.

The study is being jointly funded by the LDA (the Mayor's agency for economic development for the Capital) and the LSC who have commissioned consultants Experian Business Strategies Ltd to carry out the research.

David Hughes, LSC regional director, London, said: "For London to host a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games the LSC has an important leadership role in delivering the training and skills to the employers who will build the infrastructure and deal with the competitors and visitors. But more than that, we will seize this opportunity to help local people gain new skills, which will remain a fantastic legacy for London and its residents."

Marc Stephens, executive director of Olympic opportunities and international promotion at the LDA, added: "The Games will create thousands of new jobs and training opportunities for Londoners. Its also a chance for people to develop their skills and learn new ones and this study will give us the clearest picture yet of the challenges and opportunities the Games will bring and we are determined Londoners and businesses will realise the benefits. This study will help the LDA, the LSC and our key partners to co-ordinate a plan of action."

The research is expected to include the following:

  • An analysis of the skills needs resulting from previous Olympic Games and Paralympic and Commonwealth Games
  • The timetable running up to and during the 2012 Games and the anticipated demand for skilled workers
  • Examples of best practice in skills and employment training in the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and major regeneration projects
The results of the study are expected in the Spring of 2006 and will be used in planning the skills needs for the 2012 Olympic Games.

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