Landlord gives security jobs for the Olympics
A housing association has given 31 unemployed people in east London security work during the Olympics.
Old Ford Housing Association, part of Circle Housing Group, put the local people on a security guard training programme which they successful passed.
They will now provide extra security at seven of the housing association’s residential buildings, supporting the permanent concierge service, through out the Games.
June Morton, managing director of Old Ford Housing Association, said: ‘We have been putting significant contingency plans in place so that our residents feel safe and secure during the Olympic period.
‘We know that thousands of people will be coming to the area to celebrate the games, and one of the ways we will be increasing security is by doubling up on our concierge service at some of our buildings in Bow.
‘As part of our mission to enhance life chances, we provide lots of different employment and training opportunities for the local residents in the community. Stepping-up security during the Olympics provided the perfect opportunity for us to help local people benefit from living in the host area.’
The 31 guards will all be employed by Circle Living, the commercial arm of Circle Housing Group, and are now qualified in both CCTV and door supervision.
Old Ford hopes this will increase their employment prospects after the Olympics and will give them help and advice after the Games to find work.