Equality and inclusion

Equality, Inclusion, Employment and Skills

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games provided people in London and the UK with unprecedented access to new career opportunities. Through the creation of jobs, improvements in skills and qualifications, and increased links between employers and people looking for work, the ODA created a positive employment and economic legacy.

By the end of the London 2012 construction programme, around 40,000 people will have experienced work on the Olympic Park or Athletes' Village with thousands of new jobs and training opportunities created. In addition, a new and integrated approach to helping local people to get into jobs, develop skills and gain new qualifications in the construction industry was established.

Reducing inequalities in employment was also a high priority for the ODA. One example of how this was achieved was ensuring all procurement processes were transparent, fair and open to a wider range of diverse suppliers.

The recruitment and management of employees was also fair, helping to promote equal opportunities for all and eliminate discrimination in the workplace. The ODA worked with partner organisations to encourage women, black, Asian and minority ethnic people, and disabled people, to train and apply for jobs in construction and other areas where they have traditionally been underrepresented.

Five Equality, inclusion, employment and skills objectives were:

  • Inclusive design
  • Employment opportunities
  • Business opportunities
  • Target community engagement
  • Integration and capability