The London Assembly has called for more to be done to maximise the number of temporary jobs created by the Olympic Games.
A report by the assembly has called for the Work Programme to place more emphasis on promoting these short-term roles, and for JobCentre Plus to ensure that the benefit system doesn’t discourage candidates from applying for the jobs.
It is hoped that the London Olympics will create over 100,000 temporary low-skilled jobs in London in order to provide vital experience for jobseekers in the capital.
Three-month placements within hospitality, catering, cleaning, security, tourism and leisure will all be up for grabs when the games begin in just over a years’ time.
Reacting to the report, a spokesman from the Department of Work and Pensions claimed that the opportunity could massively fuel the employability of thousands of unskilled workers.
Speaking to BBC News, he said: “Temporary Olympic Games jobs can provide vital experience and a stepping stone to permanent work and that’s why Jobcentre Plus is working with London businesses and organisations to help jobseekers take advantage of these opportunities.”
The Bearsden Herald have reported that there will be an additional 70,000 voluntary roles available at the games, which can significantly enhance a CV in the eyes of many employers.