30 October 2009 | Allie Anderson
Hundreds of jobs are to be generated in the capital as a result of the way Greater London Authority group buyers have negotiated deals.
Some 400 bus driver apprenticeships will be created each year as well as 15 general training places under highways contracts negotiated by Transport for London.
Suppliers bidding for work are required to incorporate training as part of the London Mayor Boris Johnson's "responsible procurement framework". Serco, which will deliver the mayor's cycle hire scheme, is exploring plans to offer apprenticeships as part of the 140 jobs it will create.
Collan Murray, interim head of responsible procurement at the group, said: "The framework comprises three areas: business, the city and people. Apprentices are key to addressing long-term unemployment and poverty of aspiration and are a great way to add value for businesses."
Johnson announced the opportunities last week to coincide with the release of the Delivering value for London
report outlining what the framework has already delivered.