The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and the London Development Agency (LDA) developed a multi-agency approach and partnerships with main contractors to help develop positive working relationships and changes in practice.
Training was one of the biggest hurdles identified for non-white ethnic minority groups entering construction and accessing the right training programmes to ensure they had the skills they needed to be job-ready for opportunities. The LDA funded a number of programmes, including two training schools, located near the Olympic park itself, to train skills such as plant operations, formwork, concreting and scaffolding.
These training programmes were designed to increase the skills of Londoners in trades and jobs which were likely to be in high demand during the games build and in other ongoing large civil engineering projects such as Crossrail and the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
In 2008 the LDA supported over 12,000 people gained skills related to the Olympic Games, over half of whom were from non-white ethnic minorities.