Young people get into work at Drayton Manor
A joint initiative between Drayton Manor Theme Park, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Tamworth-based Gold Standard Security has helped 18 young people into work.
The pilot programme, which took place at the theme park, saw the group of 18-23 year olds, some of whom were long term unemployed, receive a wide range of training, including first aid and conflict management, physical interaction and customer service skills to enable them to apply for the Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence for door supervision.
The six-week project was such a success that 14 have now been retained by Gold Standard Security, with 3 being offered a year-long apprenticeship and the remaining 11 due to work for the company at future festivals and events. 4 members of the group are currently working at Drayton Manor Theme Park as part of the security team for their 2014 season. Gold Standard Security will be one of the security companies working at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Sarah Collins, Drayton Manor Theme Park’s HR General Manager, said: “Drayton Manor Theme Park is one of the region’s largest employers and we have a proud reputation of supporting the local economy through job creation.
“Unfortunately, youth unemployment remains a concern for the UK, but programmes like this can offer young people the necessary skills and training, which will allow them to find work. This programme may only be a small step but it’s certainly one in the right direction of reducing youth unemployment, and we’re deeply proud of its success.”
James Brown from Gold Standard Security, which is an SIA approved contractor, said: “We are pleased to associate with Drayton Manor Theme Park and have successfully recruited and trained a large number of local young people. This has given them inspiration and boosted their confidence as well as developing key skills to enable them to secure positions within the security industry.”
Earlier this year, Drayton Manor Theme Park announced that it had successfully hired more than 200 new employees for its 2014 season after improving its recruitment process.
The park’s 2014 main season runs until Sunday 2nd November. The Fireworks Spectacular weekend is 1st and 2nd November. Please note, Drayton Manor will be closed to the general public on Sunday 14th September.
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