London Assembly Members say greater action is needed to maximise the number of low-skilled and long-term out of work Londoners employed by the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
A report by the London Assembly’s Economy, Culture and Sport Committee says the Games could provide “up to 200,000 paid and voluntary positions” which would offer “an important stepping stone into sustainable employment for Londoners who have otherwise been left out of London’s economic success.”
However, AMs warn that low-skilled Londoners could find themselves competing for roles with students and workers already registered with Olympic contractors.
Their report also warns that some people may lack “either specific skills for a particular job, or basic life skills such as time-keeping” which could present a barrier to finding work.
The committee has called on Olympic organisers to clarify plans to “support and constructively challenge” contractors to recruit long-term unemployed Londoners and for the Olympic organising committee to provide more information to voluntary bodies about Games-related vacancies.
Assembly Members also want Jobcentre Plus to ensure those returning to benefits after the Games receive their money as quickly as possible.
Committee Chair Len Duvall says: “Whether paid or voluntary, many people aspire to be a part of the Games and our recommendations set out the key actions needed to capitalise on the opportunity, both for 2012 and beyond.”
The report can be downloaded from london.gov.uk