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Constructing London 2012

ConstructionSkills has created Constructing London 2012, a team dedicated to ensuring that the construction programme in the lead up to the Olympic Games will be delivered safely, on time, within the budget and will leave a valuable legacy for London.

The main aim of the team is to ensure that local people are trained and employed in construction projects – not only helping the local community, but also construction firms who will require a much larger workforce to carry out the projects. The high-profile of the projects and the lasting impact on the area will be used to encourage a new generation of people to join the industry, leaving a legacy of trained workers who will continue to be in demand long after the Olympics projects have been completed.

The CITB will be working along with its partners to identify skills gaps, allowing training and recruitment to be efficiently focused.

Much of the proposed training will take place on-site, as in the case of Terminal 5 at Heathrow.

It has been suggested that training costs could be included in tender prices to ensure that the plans actually come to fruition. The massive amount of regeneration in the area, with the Thames Gateway development as well as Olympic facilities will also revitalise the area, giving local people a better quality of life.

It is also hoped that as well as providing jobs during the construction phase, employment levels will remain higher as maintenance roles take over from construction jobs.

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