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Only one Hackney apprentice on Olympics site

The Hackney Citizen reports:

Only one Hackney apprentice on Olympics site: MP Diane Abbott slams low numbers of opportunities for local people

After discovering that only one apprentice working on the Olympics site comes from Hackney, local MP Diane Abbott has called on the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to address the low numbers of apprentices on the Olympic site as a matter of urgency.

Diane led a debate yesterday afternoon in Westminster Hall on Employment on the London 2012 site, where Tessa Jowell MP, Minister of State for the Olympics, echoed her concerns about a lack of jobs going to people living in the Olympic boroughs.

She also visited the Olympic site in Stratford this morning where she received a briefing on employment from Lorraine Martins, the ODA’s Head of Employment, Skills, Equality and Inclusion.

Currently just 150 apprentices work on the Olympic site...

Full story, Hackney Citizen, Wednesday 10 March 2010

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