From education to employment

Roadshow to demonstrate jobs and skills opportunities for Londoners.

The Learning Skills Council (LSC) along with London 2012, the Mayor of London and the London Development Agency launched the roadshowin Trafalgr Square on Wednesday January 8th to celebrate Londons Olympiad beginning in August 2008.

This unique roadshow, a range of different sized pods, will go on to visit all 33 of Londons boroughs between now and April. The Get Set London Roadshow offers Londoners and local businesses the chance to find out how they can get involved in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

The pods will feature interactive sporting equipment, information on how musical acts can compete for the opportunity to perform during the Handover celebration in London in August 2008 and opportunities for jobs, skills development and business in local areas.

David Hughes, the LSCs Regional Director for London believes the roadshow is a fantastic opportunity for Londoners: “The Roadshow will provide Londoners with the opportunity to find out about the exciting range of courses and training available to them in their local area. Our aim is to provide people with the right skills so that they can benefit from the job opportunities that the games will bring.”

Also lending their support at the launch were Olympic, European and World triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards; 11 year-old Plymouth diving prodigy, Thomas Daley, tipped for success after winning the gold at the Australian Elite Junior Nationals in 2005 and Shanaze Reade, the 19 year old world-class cycling champion, also hoping for medal success at London 2012.

The mayor of London also launched his Five Legacy Commitment Document, an annual publication with updates on the delivery of programmes, progress, and how people can get involved in the many opportunities offered across the city.

The Mayor, Ken Livingstone added: “The games are already delivering their lasting legacy. Todays launch of the Five Legacy Commitment Document sets out our aims and achievements to developing this legacy further and the London Roadshow is key in ensuring we up our game to give everyone, from all backgrounds, the opportunity to benefit from the once in a lifetime the 2012 Olympics offer.”

Marie Kemplay

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