20,000 Londoners to learn new skills

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A new 'Personal Best' programme supported by London 2012 will help 20,000 disadvantaged Londoners learn new skills ahead of the Games.

Funded by the London Development Agency (LDA) and Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the programme will help participants find jobs and training opportunities. Graduates will also be offered an interview to be a volunteer during the London 2012 Games. Formerly known as the 'Pre–Volunteer Programme', the scheme was trialled across 11 London Boroughs. Last night 370 graduates were joined by Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell, London 2012 Organising Committee Chair Sebastian Coe and Mayor of London Ken Livingstone for a ceremony at Wembley Stadium. The programme will be rolled out across London from April 2008 and across the UK later in the year. Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said:

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