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More than 12,000 people are now working on the Olympic Park and Athletes' Village construction sites.

The latest employment and skills figures published by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) show that the combined workforce has reached 12, 112. This is likely to be close to the peak number, with work on the permanent venues on track to be completed by this summer. Nearly a quarter (24%) of the current 'big build' workforce are resident in the five Host Boroughs – the London boroughs nearest the Olympic Park (Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Greenwich) and six out of ten (60%) live in London. The ODA's 'Jobs, Skills, Futures' targets include delivering an Olympic Park construction workforce made up of at least 15% of residents of the five Host Boroughs. Programmes set up to maximise the employment legacy of the big build have already helped more than 1, 200 previously unemployed local people gain work on the Olympic Park, delivered more than 3, 000 places for training people for work on the Park and other construction sites and enabled 408 apprentices to work on the project. ODA chairman John Armitt said: " The 'big build' of the Olympic Park and Athletes' Village is on track and within budget and that is testament to the commitment and skill of the contractors and workforce. In a challenging period for the construction industry our contractors were employing 12, 000 people and meeting our targets to take on local people and apprentices. Thousands of jobs up and down the country have also been created and protected in the supply chains delivering 2012 work. " The ODA also published annual figures for the British citizenship and nationality of the Olympic Park and Athletes' Village workforce. Nearly two–thirds (64%) are British citizens and nine out of 10 (90%) are EU nationals.

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