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Olympic construction approaching peak

More than 12,000 people are now working on the Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village construction sites.

The latest employment and skills figures published by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) show that the workforce has reached a total of 12,112.

This is likely to be close to the peak number, with work on the permanent venues on track to be completed by this summer.

ODA chairman, John Armitt, said: “The big build of the Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village is on track and within budget and that is testament to the commitment and skill of the contractors and workforce.

“In a challenging period for the construction industry our contractors were employing 12,000 people and meeting our targets to take on local people and apprentices.

“Thousands of jobs up and down the country have also been created and protected in the supply chains delivering 2012 work.”

Nearly a quarter of the current workforce are resident in the five host boroughs - Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Greenwich - and six out of ten live in London.

Programmes set up to maximise the employment legacy of the big build have already helped more than 1,200 previously unemployed local people gain work on the Olympic Park, delivered more than 3,000 places for training people for work on the Park and other construction sites and enabled 408 apprentices to work on the project.

The ODA also published annual figures for the British citizenship and nationality of the Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village workforce.

Nearly two-thirds are British citizens and nine out of ten are EU nationals.

Prime minister David Cameron meets apprentices on the Olympic Park

World Mobi

Also in Europe today, World Mobi is celebrating the success of its new city guide to London. 

World Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the World Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.

However, each city retains its own mobile identity via a dedicated domain. Already on offer are Brussels.Mobi, London.Mobi, Sanfrancisco.Mobi and Sydney.Mobi.

London.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.

Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.

Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.

World.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.