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2012 Lives: Woman in job adverts still unemployed

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Woman in job ad still unemployed

A woman who was used to advertise job opportunities, connected to the Olympics in Waltham Forest, still has not got a job - more than two years later.

Annika Allen's face appeared on the side of buses, billboards and brochures in 2008 with the caption: "I can't wait to get started", but remains unemployed.

She has completed a number of courses from fork-truck lifting and site management, to traffic marshalling and agricultural tractor driving.

"As you can see I'm all set for work," she said.

"I'm getting nowhere, it's like they haven't remembered me really".

Latest figures from the Olympic Delivery Authority show over one in five of the workforce on the site are resident in one of the five host boroughs. Also, over 3,000 training places have been taken-up, providing opportunities on the Olympic Park and other construction sites.

Annika is determined to work on the Olympic Park and will continue to look for opportunities: "Sometimes I feel like, at this stage, I don't mind what I do on the Olympic site as long as I'm on there. That's my dream."

She was once offered a job but, when she was told the role was 50 hours a week and being a mother of two young children, she declined the role.

Annika is a contributor to BBC London's "2012 Lives" project. She's one of a number of people who will tell their own stories of how the 2012 Olympics is affecting their lives in the build up to The Games.




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