London mayor Ken Livingstone unveils £280,000 Olympics skills development project

A new £280,000 skills and employment project has been unveiled by Mayor of London Ken Livingstone to provide training and support to 900 people linked to the 2012 London Games.

The scheme will be run by the London Tigers, a community-led sports and youth charity, and will support people in Brent, Camden, Ealing, Tower Hamlets and Westminster over a three-year period, developing their skills to help them find work.

The project, funded by the Mayor’s London Development Agency, is one of 27 across London, with a collective grant of £11m aimed at maximising opportunities for locals through the 2012 Games.

Up to 1,500 businesses representing 14,000 people are expected to benefit from Olympic-related Opportunities Fund projects from 2007 to 2010.

Livingstone said: “This London Development Agency-funded programme will provide local people with the skills, experience and support they need to take advantage of all the employment opportunities that come with the London 2012 Games.”

Mesba Ahmed, chief executive of the London Tigers, said: “Thanks to the grant from the Opportunities Fund, we will support 900 Londoners, making sure they have the right skills and experience to find work and make the most of the growing demand for skilled workers because of the 2012 Games.”

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