28th Jun, 2022

Nothing to lose - Jodie lands job at the Commonwealth Games

THE 2022 Commonwealth Games are on their way and thousands of people across the region are taking the opportunity to land jobs at this summer’s sporting spectacle.

Training places and job roles are waiting to be filled in areas such as security, stewarding, catering, cleaning, retail, transport and logistics and anyone who is interested can apply now.

It is hoped that more than 6,000 people will be trained to fill jobs in the run up to and during the Games.

The Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee is working with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Jobs and Skills Academy, to provide training for and improve the skills of local people for jobs at the Games.

One resident who is benefiting from this is Jodie Smith.

Jodie, aged 24, has just completed a Level 2 Door Supervisors SIA course with training provider Eventcover and has now started a new, permanent job at security company GMS Group that will see her working at the Games and beyond.

“I have never worked in security before and when I decided to undertake the training through the Jobs and Skills Academy, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I was pleasantly surprised,” she said.

“I really connected with the team at GMS and following our training, the company reached out to me.

“They explained they wanted to encourage more women to take up a managerial role in security.

“The Eventcover team managed to secure an interview for me and it was a brilliant opportunity to utilise all of the interview skills I had just learned.

“Following this, I got the job and GMS told me I’d be put on a managerial course where I’ll be able to do some shadowing with a supervisor in time for the start of the Commonwealth Games.

“I’m sure there are many people out there just like me, who are not sure what the next role in their career is.

“So, to anyone thinking about it, I’d just say why not, you’ve got nothing to lose.”

Applicants must be aged 18 or and should register their interest at www.birmingham2022.com/jobs to find out more.

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