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Wed 29th Feb 2012

Are you qualified for the Olympics?

With the worlds eyes on the UK for the Olympics, there are many job opportunities for people working as part of the London 2012 team.

Some training providers with good transport links to London are already in discussion with contractors and recruitment has begun for thousands of staff across key sectors required at Games time.

Many colleges are running free training in skills and qualifications related to Olympic jobs. Other training providers are experiencing high levels of demand as people upskill or retrain in order to take advantage of the 10,000 or so jobs the Games are expected to create.

Some roles are starting now, but the majority of roles will be carried out from 27 July-12 August (Olympic Games) and 29 August-9 September (Paralympic Games). The clock is ticking, but there is still time to take advantage of the opportunities the Games offer.

So whats available, and what skills are required?

Five key areas for recruitment have been highlighted by the London 2012 team: Security, Catering & Hospitality, Retail, Event Services and Cleaning & Waste.


There are thousands of security officer and supervisor positions to fill with London 2012 contractors. Job roles include venue security officers, screening and searching officers, CCTV operators, duty managers and security supervisors. Skills and prerequisites include relevant security industry experience (more than one years experience), good customer service and communication skills, and a five-year checkable history.


Further education colleges have been particularly strong in this area with over 85,000 college students and unemployed people undertaking accredited security industry training through a scheme called Bridging the Gap, which has been developed in a partnership between the Games organisers, UK security industry representative bodies and colleges to bring thousands of new recruits into the security industry in time for the Games.

Catering & Hospitality

These sectors are emerging as one the UK's fastest growing job creators, with hospitality and tourism now accounting for one in 15 UK jobs. With the Olympics almost upon us, this number can only increase. It is estimated that over 14 million meals with be served to visitors to the Games and there are opportunities for chefs, commis chefs, kitchen assistants, porters, bar staff, waiting staff, food service assistants and customer service related roles.

In addition to catering experience and qualifications, the organisers are looking for good customer service, a good standard of English, good communication skills and a high level enthusiasm.


By the time the Games start in July, more than 10,000 different London 2012-branded products will be on sale. Items range from pin badges and jewellery to toys and kitchen towels, which will be on sale in dedicated London 2012 megastores located on the Olympic Park and at hundreds of outlets elsewhere throughout London and the UK. A huge team of sales assistants, retail supervisors and managers is required to sell them and are now being hired by London 2012 contractors. The organisers are looking for previous retail experience, excellent customer service and good team working and communications skills.

Event services

Over nine million visitors are expected at the Games and the London 2012 team are looking for area and group leaders (NVQ Level 3 or equivalent and SIA qualified), response team members (SIA qualified) and stewards (NVQ Level 2 or equivalent).

Cleaning & Waste

Thousands of staff across the cleaning and waste sector are needed. Many positions are based in some of the iconic venues, such as the Aquatics Centre, the Velodrome and the Olympic Stadium. Others will be working in the Olympic and Paralympic Village, around athletes and officials. Jobs include cleaning operatives and supervisory roles and the organisers are looking for cleaning and leadership experience as well as enthusiasm and good customer service.

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