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11m jobs boost for 2012 Olympics
Olympic Park site in Stratford
People will be trained in a range of skills needed on the Olympic site
An 11m package to provide training and jobs ahead of the 2012 Olympics has been announced by London's mayor.

Three-year grants will fund skills training, employment advice and work placements with organisations such as Centrepoint and the Prince's Trust.

New sports coaches, cooks and builders needed for the Games are expected to be trained by the 27 projects involved.

Mayor Ken Livingstone said helping disadvantaged communities was a key aim of the scheme, Engaging in London 2012.

'Key themes'

Mr Livingstone said: "The 2012 Games is a once in a generation opportunity for London to transform communities across the capital which have suffered from decades of under investment and neglect.

"Groups who suffer from exclusion, such as lone parents, black and ethnic minority communities and disabled Londoners, will get the advice and training they need to find work."

London Development Agency deputy chief executive Sarah Ebanja said: "The 2012 Games is a major catalyst to increasing training and employment in London which is why it is among the key themes of round two funding."




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