We want to create new ways for local talent to access jobs, apprenticeships and training programmes with organisations on and around the Park. We want to create new routes into jobs and increase diversity across the creative, digital, construction and built environment sectors. 

We have been working closely with employers and education partners to develop industry-led programmes that develop the skills businesses need and offer young east Londoners a foot in the door. 

So far, over 1,500 young people have accessed training through our programmes and over 900 have moved into employment. 

Find out more about our programmes here.


  • STEP is a paid internship programme for young Londoners living in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Newham. During the twelve-month programme interns carry out two placements in two different areas of the creative industry. STEP introduces participants to a mentor and a network of peers. The programme also offers a series of twilight training sessions and masterclasses across the year.

    By the end of the twelve-month programme, interns will have worked in two high profile creative industry settings and will have collaborated together on a major project. 

    Interns are paid the London Living Wage for the duration of the programme. 

    To see what the latest cohort are doing, visit: https://stepblogblog.wordpress.com/blog/
  • Want to find out about starting a career in the creative industry? 

    The Creative Opportunity Programme is a two-week bespoke pre-employability training programme for young adults living in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Newham. 

    Designed and delivered with industry professionals, participants attend careers and skills workshops by some of London’s leading creative and cultural organisations including Sadler’s Wells, Royal Opera House, The Yard Theatre and the Whitechapel Gallery.

    Over the two weeks attendees are introduced to live job opportunities in the sector and receive 1-2-1 support and careers guidance to access opportunities.

    Watch the video from our 2017 programme here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1THGKUwVxQ


  • Flipside is a new 3-month Digital Product Design training course, co-created and co-delivered by some of London’s leading digital agencies including ustwo, Made by Many, Beyond, Sennep, and  Reading Room, Ada Nation College for Digital Skills and A New Direction. 

    Open to residents from Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest, Flipsiders are trained by digital agencies and ‘learn by doing’ as they take part in group projects, getting to grips with product design by responding to real briefs, enabling them to build up their portfolio and showcase their work to industry. Follow their journey on twitter @flipside_london. 

    Flipsiders receive a training bursary and are allocated an industry mentor to support their development. A showcase event at the end of the programme enables Flipsiders to network with digital agencies looking to hire new talent. To find out more go to https://flipside-london.com/


  • LLDC are supporting Hobs Studio to establish a state of the art training facility focusing on 3D printing and Virtual Reality (VR) at their studio in Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This will offer free industry-led training to enable local people, particularly those who are underrepresented in the workforce, to gain advanced digital skills in a ‘live’ work environment and access a range of digital jobs. As well delivering training, the facility will host around 250 ‘inspire’ sessions for younger children that could include a mix of skill-tasters, employer-talks and masterclasses.  

    The project is in a development phase and is expected to launch in autumn 2018.

    To find out more please email: creatingopportunities@londonlegacy.co.uk
  • Our major and long-term programme of construction work is transforming the Park and, as part of that, there are opportunities to work in a range of exciting careers and the built environment with some of the UK’s leading employers. 

    So, whether you want to learn the new in-demand trades that industry needs such as dry lining, formwork and groundwork or you want to progress your career to the next level and become a site supervisor or project manager, the London Legacy Development Corporation has a series of intensive introductory courses for residents living near the Park. 

    For those new to the industry, construction experience or qualifications are not required to undertake the two-week programmes. 

    This training is funded for residents living in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.

    To find out more please email: creatingopportunities@londonlegacy.co.uk 
  • Reviewing your career direction or looking for a job? Join our two-day Inspiring Success programme filled with free workshops and talks designed to help you take that ‘big step’ into a graduate career.

    The Inspiring Success programme offers graduates an opportunity to identify their strengths, reflect on their experiences and clarify the steps needed to reach their future career goals. Participants will spend time reflecting on their successes and strengths and take part in a practical networking exercise.

    Speakers will cover topics including positive thinking and the significance of mindset and resilience when job hunting or developing in your career. All participants will have access to a careers professional and a business advisor, for personalised guidance and support during the programme.

    Following the programme participants are eligible to apply and be considered for a 100% scholarship for a taught course at Loughborough University London.
  • The graduate work placement programme currently has opportunities in construction, engineering and architecture. The programme targets young people who attended schools in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest and are studying for an undergraduate degree in one of the disciplines outlined above.

    To date we have placed 27 local people with practices like Make, AHMM, Allies & Morrison, Buro Happold, Stanton Williams & Lifschutz Davidson Sandiland (LDS).  We are expecting to place a further 23 by 2020.

    For more information or to register your interest in the graduate work placement programme, please email creatingopportunities@queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk.

Case studies

  • "Construction work really suits me, I’ve found my perfect job! … I’d always enjoyed practical work and had painted my own flat plus helped out family with DIY, so I thought I’d give construction a go."

    Precious completed a two week dry lining course funded by the London Legacy Development Corporation at the National Construction College (NCC) in Leyton in March 2017. 

    According to Precious: ”The training was great and gave me enough confidence in my practical skills to know I’d like to work in the sector.”

    Once Precious completed her training, she was put forward by Hackney Works to lead contractor Mace to work with a dry lining contractor called BDL, where she has worked for nearly a year as a dry lining apprentice, refurbishing the former BBC building in White City. 

    Precious already has her sights set on helping others get into construction: ”I can see so many young people in my community who would benefit from helping into get into a decent career path like construction.”


  • Paul Ntulila is 27 and studying part-time over two years for a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy at Loughborough University London. He is the first deaf person to win a scholarship at the university after attending the inspiring success programme. . 

    “When I was about seven or eight I became interested in politics and watched parliament on television, although there were no subtitles. At the time my father said I should do a degree in politics, but I thought it would be impossible – I’m black and I’m deaf. But my father said, “No, you can, aim higher.”

    My big lightbulb moment came in 2008 when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were trying to become the US presidential candidate.

    I went to the University of Central Lancashire where I studied for a BA in Politics and Deaf Studies and got a 2.1. My father was right all along!

    The inspiring success programme was the right opportunity at the right time. The programme has given me fantastic support – the best I’ve had.

    I love the university. The course is great – the lectures and the opportunity to learn every day about policy and soft skills like how to persuade and influence. 

    I’d like to be a motivational speaker or work in education to raise awareness to influence equality and access for deaf and disabled people. I want to influence policy and become a role model for other people in the same boat at me.”

  • Dorica Santos, who grew up in Hackney, is currently studying architecture at The Mackintosh School in Glasgow. 

    As an Architect’s Assistant, she undertook a six- week paid work placement with Allies and Morrison who are leading on the Masterplan for Stratford Waterfront. 

    Dorica worked in a team of five on range of projects including site analysis, historical research, collage making, model making graphic work and design studies, as well as setting up and supporting the public consultation exhibition that took place at the London Aquatics Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: ”I learnt many new skills that will benefit me in my future studies as an architecture student. I developed my organisational and presentation skills and my confidence at communicating with others in meetings increased.”