The Skills Centre works with key security firms to offer the unemployed free training and guaranteed interviews for jobs at Birmingham Commonwealth Games

The Skills Centre, one of the UK’s most successful vocational training companies, has joined forces with TSS, G4S and OCS to offer free SIA-accredited training and guaranteed interviews for jobs at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this August.

More than 200 jobs will be available through the scheme that will offer those who are unemployed the chance to take part in a free, two-week, Security Industry Authority (SIA) certified training programme.

Jon Howlin, Chief Executive of The Skills Centre, said of the scheme: “The Skills Centre has a great base in the West Midlands where we have been predominantly offering training for construction workers. When we were approached by United by Birmingham and these well-respected security firms to deliver this key training, we jumped at the chance.

“We have brought in qualified training experts in the security profession to deliver the Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry, allowing trainees to gain their SIA License, as well as offering Level 3 Awards in Emergency First Aid at Work.”

Jon added: “We are proud to be working in the West Midlands on this scheme and are looking forward to welcoming as many as we can through our doors to become part of the Commonwealth Games, as well as giving these previously unemployed trainees the opportunity for new skills and a new career path.”

Martin Leeder, Strategic Operations Director at TSS Security, said of the scheme: “The Skills Centre has such a great reputation as a trainee provider of choice and so it is great for us to know that our security personnel will be coming from one of their programmes.

“TSS is very proud to be providing staff for the games, and we are also very proud that we can partner in a scheme such as this to help those who have found themselves unemployed get back into the jobs market, and hopefully build a new and prosperous career.”

Martin added: “With more than 200 roles to fill, we are looking forward to welcoming the trainees to an interview, and to seeing them go on to work on key venues during the games, at such an exciting time for Birmingham and the West Midlands.”

The training will take place in at The Skills Centre’s training facility in Aston.

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