Students strike gold with Olympics job opportunity

Over 70 students from South Essex College are jumping for joy after securing stewarding jobs at the Olympic Games next year.

Students from the Extended Diploma Public Services course at the Basildon and Southend Campuses of the College were told they will be part of the world’s largest sporting event after being interviewed by a sub-contractor of G4S UK, the official security provider for the Olympics and Paralympics.

One student tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the world’s largest event runs smoothly is Level 3 Public Services student Kayleigh Byrne, 17, from Aveley. She said: “Working at the Games is an amazing opportunity. I’ve always wanted to work in the public sector and as for getting experience working on events; it doesn’t get much better than the Olympics!”

By next year, all students interviewed will have completed an Excel Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events qualification which allows them to undertake paid work at the Games. The course is part of the Bridging the Gap nationwide initiative which aims to produce a trained and experience workforce for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

A 10,000-strong security workforce will be tasked with securing the Games alongside colleagues from the police and local authorities across all London 2012 competition and non-competition venues.

After thoroughly impressing at the interview stage, some of the 70 students are now being put forward for supervisory and management roles after receiving excellent feedback.

Course Team Leader Public Services, David Woodgate, said: “Our Public Services students have all the skills to be excellent stewards for the Olympics and working as part of the UK’s largest ever security operation is a valuable opportunity for them.”

There are still places available on Public Services courses at Basildon, Southend and Thurrock Campuses for a January start. For more information call 0845 52 12345.

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