DfES pledges £20m to train women for Olympic construction work

The government has announced a £20m initiative to train more women to work in construction in the run-up up to the 2012 Olympics.

Education secretary Alan Johnson will confirm the cash injection in a speech to the Institute of Directors today.

“There is no reason at all why women’s involvement in the games should be restricted to watching, participating and achieving in the stadium,” Johnson will say. “They should be involved in designing and building as well.”

Money to support women in finding work in areas of shortage was promised by Chancellor Gordon Brown in the budget.

The Department for Education and Skills has decided to spend the money in London.

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