Olympic staff will train here

Bridging the Gap co-ordinator Michael Warner
Bridging the Gap co-ordinator Michael Warner

SECURITY for the next Olympics is set to achieve top marks as Milton Keynes College offers students the chance to start on a new training course.

The College will play a major role in training security staff for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Time in the classroom will prepare participants to achieve the knowledge to earn new industry qualifications.

These will then enable people to start a career in security.

The college is one of 70 institutions nationwide to be selected to train personnel to deliver stewarding and guarding duties at the event.

Applicants are being sought now to take part in the specialist training course, which is called Bridging the Gap (BtG).

The course aims to address the current skills shortage in the security industry and enhance future employment for participants by providing the industry approved qualifications.

Michael Warner, Milton Keynes College co-ordinator for Bridging the Gap, said: ““All Bridging the Gap participants are guaranteed a job interview with the British Security Industry Association for work at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games.”

He added: “This is a very exciting initiative which we are thrilled to be involved in.

“It’s a great opportunity for those considering a career in the security field.

“The industry has been completely revamped and licensed and this course provides a good foundation to move into a variety of roles such as CCTV operations, bank transfers, security manager, spectator control, or door supervisor.”

Students who are already studying at MK College can apply to take part in the new Bridging the Gap course.

The course has also been opened externally to adults.

It is an intense 40 hour course which can be taken over a full week or spread over 10 weeks.

Milton Keynes College will be running courses over the next 18 months.

Bridging the Gap will provide a workforce of between six to eight thousand qualified security staff to work at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012.

For information contact Michael Warner on 01908 637337 or email michael.warner@mkcollege.ac.uk.