By Claire West

The London Assembly has launched an investigation into what is being done to ensure that low-skilled and unemployed Londoners benefit from the temporary jobs created during the 2012 Games.

The investigation, by the Assembly’s Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism (EDCST) Committee, will focus on the 200,000-strong workforce needed from July to September 2012.

Jobs will range from catering, cleaning, waste and security, to media, hospitality, tourism, sport and leisure and will include roles for 70,000 volunteers. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has set a target of employing 15 to 20 percent of the total workforce from people living in the host boroughs and between 7 and 12 percent of people who were previously unemployed.

The host boroughs are home to some of Britain’s most deprived communities, with employment rates and qualification levels significantly lower than the rest of London. A previous EDCST investigation[2] looked at employment targets during the construction of the park and the Committee will now focus on the temporary, Games-time workforce.

Multiple organisations are involved in funding and providing skills and employment support, including the London Development Agency, Jobcentre Plus, local authorities and voluntary organisations.

Len Duvall, Chair of the EDCST Committee said,

“Whether paid or voluntary, working at the Olympics is an aspiration for many in London, and in particular in the east end, but lack of opportunity or formal qualifications can often hold people back. That’s why it’s vital that and local skills and training providers are giving people the tools they need to get into these jobs.

“This investigation is all about ensuring the 200,000 temporary positions have long term jobs and skills benefits for local people.”

The Committee will hear from organisers and skills and training agencies in the new year, together with organisations involved in the regeneration of East London. The Committee will publish a full report in summer 2011.