MORE than 20,000 temporary jobs are being made available to work for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The recruitment drive is underway to hire people for security, stewarding, catering, cleaning, retail and logistics roles which will last between three weeks and three months.
There are also an additional 600 job opportunities during the Games within the organising committee itself.
Afsheen Panjalizadeh, a Boxing technical operations manager at Birmingham 2022 who started his career working at London 2012, said: “This is chance for thousands of people to play their part in a little bit of history and a unique opportunity to do something exciting and fun, where you’ll be able to treasure the memories and friendships you make forever.
“As a first-time job for this summer the things you’ll learn will be invaluable and there are some amazing career progressions from the Games. The opportunities to start a career in sport or events and so much more are too good to miss.”
Birmingham 2022 is working with the Jobs and Skills Academy, launched by the West Midlands Combined Authority to provide training for and to improve the skills of local people for these roles.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “The Commonwealth Games was always about so much more than medals and athletes, and it is this legacy of jobs and improved opportunities that made me so determined to help land this global event for our region.
“It is therefore brilliant to see that thousands of opportunities are on offer through the Games, especially as these roles have become even more critical given the pandemic has left many people out of work and others worried about their future.
“To support this, the WMCA is making more than £5m available through our Jobs and Skills Academy to help anyone who is interested in taking on a role during the Commonwealth Games.
“Not only will this training help people secure roles during the Games, but the skills they learn will also set them up for future careers, ensuring we do provide a proper lasting legacy for people across the West Midlands.”
Applicants must be aged 18 or above by April 1 and should register their interest here.