London 2012: Newham tops security job hunt list
Almost 3,500 jobseekers in Newham are in the running to land temporary jobs as security workers at the Olympic Games.
Figures released by G4S, the private firm which has a contract to train and manage the staff on the Olympic Park, show about half of its expected workforce are from the six ‘host’ boroughs.
The Newham applicants are currently undergoing security training, screening, and vetting. Tasks will include checking bags and car boots.
They have been joined by 2,649 people from neighbouring Barking and Dagenham and Hackney, and a total of more 25,000 people London-wide.
But the process is not over, with just 10,400 roles up for grabs.
You may also want to watch:
Mark Hamilton, managing director of G4S London 2012, said: “It was always our intention to mobilise a large part of our workforce from the six boroughs around the Olympic Park in East London.
“I am delighted that we are on target to secure the services of thousands of local people who will help make the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games safe and secure.
- 1 Blaze under control at block of flats being built in Canning Town
- 2 Family of man who died after attack in Canning Town pays tribute to a 'loving, generous' father
- 3 Two Levels FC youngsters seal deals with Football League clubs
- 4 Stratford fast food shop destroyed by 'deep fat fryer' blaze
- 5 Mayor pledges to continue focus on election promises after Newham referendum result
- 6 Masks scrapped 'as early as next month' and over 35s jabs 'soon'
- 7 Mayor of Newham: 'Supporting young people after tragedies'
- 8 Unmesh Desai on his priorities after winning City and East election
- 9 Call for 'zero tolerance' crackdown on Newham gangs
- 10 Teenagers killed in London in 2021 so far nears 2020 total
More than 105,000 people have applied for positions across the Olympic Park.
G4S was swamped with applicants when opened its training centre at the Rokeby School building in Pitchford Street in January.
Mr Hamilton added: “The scale of our operation is so big that it will have a massive positive impact on jobs. The people who we are recruiting are gaining precious work experience but also significant volumes of training that will stand them in good stead for a permanent job once the Olympics is over, either inside G4S or in the wider jobs market.
“This will be a practical, enduring and broad legacy of the London Games.”