Scott Bird, 40, is one of the local people who has gained a new job on the site and is working for construction company Morrisroe’s health and safety team.

“I was a union representative in the retail sector but was made redundant and decided on a complete career change and did some courses in construction,” Bird said.

“I’m now doing an NVQ [National Vocational Qualification] in logistics and working towards a health and safety apprenticeship.

“I’m really enjoying the job and learning lots of new skills.

“My plans for the future are to become a fully qualified health and safety manager with Morrisroe.”

James Wibberley, project manager at Morrisroe, added: “We need people with the right skills to work on this project and it’s great that the West Midlands Combined Authority is funding training to enable us to recruit locally and retain a talented workforce.”

West Midlands Combined Authority says that 12 local people are currently gaining new skills with Morrisroe thanks to its construction gateway programme, and more are expected to join.

The Aquatics Centre is set to include an Olympic-sized swimming pool as well as a 25-metre diving pool, a community swimming pool, a dry dive area, activity studios, sports halls and permanent seating for 1,000 people.

There are also plans to create a football pitch and an urban park on the site.

Maria Crompton, deputy leader for Sandwell Council, commented: “The new Aquatics Centre will be a wonderful community facility and the first of its kind in the region in terms of its size and scope.

“I am pleased that Sandwell residents are gaining opportunities to work on constructing this centre of excellence, which will benefit both our community and the wider West Midlands.”

Following the Games, which are scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 8 in 2022, the centre is set to become a leisure facility for public use, run by Sandwell Leisure Trust.