Government to invest extra £5m to improve skills for London 2012 Olympics

The government has pledged an additional £5m investment to improve skills and training opportunities for Londoners ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

Skills minister David Lammy announced the funding on a tour of the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

The Learning and Skills Council said the new funding will be spent on training sports coaches, construction workers and 200 extra apprenticeships that will be offered in customer services and hospitality ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Lammy said: “We must get more people into skilled jobs in construction, customer services and hospitality, media and communications – and help the coaches and athletes, too. This £5m package of measures will help reach out to Londoners and give them the skills they need to benefit from the Games.”

The Learning and Skills Council will also contribute £1m to a pre-volunteer programme to enable unemployed people to use the Olympics as a stepping stone to permanent jobs.

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