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Getting the most from the 2012 Games

Helping London and its communities benefit from the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

Key achievements and highlights:

  • A total of 25,000 previously workless Londoners have been assisted into jobs through the London Employment & Skills Taskforce for 2012. Of these, more than 50% are residents of the five host boroughs – many of them placed into work delivering the Olympic-build programme.

  • Over 6,200 residents of one of the five host boroughs have received employment support via LDA programmes and almost 2,300 have secured employment.

  • Over 12,000 people from across London have benefited from construction training, linked to the Games, directly funded by the LDA and its partners. Of those trained, 5,722 have been residents of the five host boroughs – with 1,106 being trained in 2009/10 alone.

  • Through Jobs, Skills, Futures Brokerage, with the assistance of the Women into Construction programme (funded by LDA via Construction Employer Accord), 200 women have been placed in construction roles on the Olympic Park and across London.

  • 4,400 Londoners have successfully completed the innovative Personal Best pre-volunteer training programme.  Personal Best gives participants potential access to LOCOG and London Volunteer roles as well as providing them with the skills and opportunities to progress into sustained employment, further training or volunteering.

  • Over 39,400 London-based businesses are registered on CompeteFor to access London 2012 contract opportunities.

The London Development Agency's (LDA's) aim is to ensure that Londoners benefit from the staging of the 2012 Games through jobs, business opportunities, increased tourism, investment and regeneration. We have been working with a range of partners to help the capital and its communities make the most of the 2012 Games opportunities, now and in the years to come.

Employment opportunities

The LDA is working with the five host boroughs and partners such as the Skills Funding Agency and Jobcentre Plus on a number of initiatives to ensure that Londoners are equipped with the right skills at the right time to access the employment opportunities arising from the 2012 Games and their legacy.

Improving Londoners’ lifestyles

We are using the spirit of the 2012 Games to encourage Londoners to make lifelong changes in their approach to physical activity and participation in sport.

Encouraging business

Working with London 2012, and on behalf of the English Regional Development Agencies and UK Devolved Administrations, the LDA launched CompeteFor in January 2008. An innovative online service, CompeteFor matches potential suppliers with 2012 Games-related business opportunities.

Destination London

We have been working with London's promotional agencies to put in place strategic initiatives to maximise tourism revenue and marketing benefits for the capital resulting from the hosting of the 2012 Games.

The post-Games Park

The LDA played an integral part in the successful Olympic bid and has lead the legacy planning for the post-Games Park and the surrounding areas.

In October 2009, responsibility for some of the LDA's masterplanning work for the Olympic Park and Lower Lea Valley was passed to the Olympic Park Legacy Company.