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Olympics 2012 jobs crash through 4,800 barrier first time

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:09 05 October 2010

LATEST job figures for the 2012 Olympics project has gone past the 4,800 barrier at the East London construction. The Olympic Village' is included in today's Delivery Authority quarterly report for the first time, bringing the total workforce to 7,270

By Mike Brooke

LATEST job figures for the 2012 Olympics project has gone past the 4,800 barrier at the East London construction.

The 'Olympic Village' is included in today's Delivery Authority quarterly employment report for the first time, bringing the combined total workforce to 7,270.

There are now 2,400 people working on the Olympic Village alone. One-in-five of the rest are said to be drawn from the five 'host' boroughs surrounding the development, while over half come from London generally.

"We're on track with employment, training and business opportunities," said the authority's chairman John Armitt. "Our steady progress regenerating this part of East London is testament to the workforce on the site."

The targets include a construction workforce of at least 15 per cent from the 'host' boroughs, boosted by a jobs 'brokerage' service which gives East Londoners 48 hours to apply for vacancies before they are advertised more widely.

The brokerage service matches applications from people in East London as well as elsewhere with job opportunities. More than 600 jobs have been filled in the past 18 months through the brokerage.

The Olympics authority has also set target of 2,250 trainees, apprenticeships and work placements, including a programme aimed at placing women into construction jobs.

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