18 May 2011

Boris Johnson leads country in jobs drive

Mayor Boris Johnson is set to meet his target of creating 3,000 apprenticeships throughout the GLA group and its suppliers by 2012.

It comes as figures show in the last year more than 1,100 people joined apprenticeship schemes run by the GLA Group and its contractors, while Boris has also ensured jobs for more than 1,000 unemployed people in the past 12 months by requiring GLA suppliers to deliver job and training opportunities as part of the conditions of winning a contract.

The Mayor’s programme, which uses the power of public sector procurement to directly combat unemployment, is the first of its kind in the country.

The model has been so successful that it has now been adopted by Crossrail, the Olympic Delivery Authority and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “As we continue to steer our way out of recession we are doing all we can here at the GLA to deliver jobs and employment opportunities for the capital’s future generation.

"While I am very proud of what we have achieved so far, we must push on and demonstrate that creating apprenticeships and jobs for Londoners in this way is good for business and for local people. Following our lead, other major employers can play their part in creating a similar ripple effect that can only benefit London's wider economy."

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