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Students Set to Steward at Olympic Torch Relay in Northamptonshire


Olympic Torch Stewards

A group of second year students from Tresham’s BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Unformed Public Services course have been given the exciting opportunity to steward during the Olympic torch relay taking place in Northamptonshire on Monday 2nd July and will be working with G4S during the London 2012 Olympics.

The students, as part of the Bridging the Gap project, have completed two qualifications during their second year: Level 2 Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events and the Level 2 Award in Door Supervision. These qualifications have been offered as part of the additional programme offered to them to complement their full time course.

The Bridging the Gap project aims to address the shortages in the security industry and has been aimed at students in further education colleges across the country. The courses aim to ensure that students are equipped with all the skills and knowledge they need to enjoy the experience of helping to deliver a safe and secure Games!

Uniformed Public Services Tutor, Clive Skingsley, assisted Tresham students to co-ordinate work through G4S, the company who are responsible for the security at the Olympics. As part of the process, students have had to undergo interviews at Upton Park in London with G4S. Around half of the group who have undertaken the training have been interviewed and offered places to be part of this once in a lifetime event.

Sir Ian Johnston, Director of Security and Resilience at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said:  “Bridging the Gap (BtG) gives students the opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of the London 2012 Games and earn money over the summer. BtG students gain a recognised qualification and valuable experience of working on the a security operation for the biggest international sporting event in the world. We can’t wait to see students from all parts of the country getting involved, making this a Games to remember.”

Lecturer Clive Skingsley said:”This was a great opportunity for our students to take part in this once in a life time experience. Hopefully it will allow some of them to kick start a career in an industry they might not have originally thought of, and the skills they have learnt already will also allow them to improve their overall employability chances once they have completed the course this summer”

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