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London 2012: Scheme to help students find security work

Artist's impression of London's Olympic stadium
Image caption London 2012 will have a workforce of around 6,000 staff and 100,000 contractors

The organisers of London 2012 have launched a programme to help students start a career in the security sector.

The Bridging the Gap scheme will help students take advantage of the opportunity to get a job in security at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Students will be guaranteed an interview for a role at the games with official security provider G4S after completing a security qualification.

Other jobs at the Games include stewarding, catering and cleaning.

By the time the Games start, the Olympics are expected to be responsible for creating a workforce of about 6,000 staff and 100,000 contractors.

Opportunities with contractors will be advertised in job brokerages, Job Centre Plus branches across the UK and on the Jobs for the Games website.

Chris Roberts, the leader of Greenwich Council and lead on employment and skills for the six Host Boroughs, said: "The London 2012 Games is creating thousands of jobs and the host boroughs are working hard to make sure that local people looking for employment opportunities can access these."

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