The government has appointed a new “skills champion” to work with employers in preparation for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) has recruited Sandra Scott to focus on UK skills development and training.
Scott, a former director of the Dependency to Work programme for ex-offenders, will meet businesses and central government agencies over the next few months to discuss the skills requirements for the games.
“The actual staging of the games will rely on skilled workers in a broad range of sectors such as transport, audio-visual industries and, of course, sport,” she said.
“The games are a great opportunity to demonstrate how the UK’s skills can come together and contribute to the delivery of a world-class event.
“We need to harness the energy and enthusiasm that the games bring to ensure that improvements to the UK’s skills and productivity levels continue long after the games have finished.”