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Brighton Marathon volunteers can gain qualification
Unemployed people can boost their chances of getting a job by volunteering for the Brighton Marathon.
The organiser of the major event is working in partnership with City College Brighton and Hove and Jobcentre Plus to offer people a chance to improve their employment prospects.
During March, 40 Jobcentre users will be offered a space on an accredited course funded by City College.
Candidates will leave with either a team leader or a health and safety qualification.
Each course will have a Brighton Marathon focus and once candidates have successfully completed it, they will become part of the event team and work in a key role on race day.
Grahame Widdowson from Jobcentre Plus said: “Working in partnership, Jobcentre Plus, the Brighton Marathon and City College are very excited about the project.
“We believe that the skills and qualifications acquired will be extremely beneficial and transferable to future job roles.”
College commercial team leader Amir Bahrami said: “I am extremely happy that City College can be part of this wonderful event.
“We are keen to recognise the time and effort these volunteers put into the event by giving them the opportunity to achieve a qualification.
“Gaining experience through voluntary work is a great way to enhance your job prospects.”
Volunteer recruitment in general for the marathon on April 14 is open with a variety of roles available for the week leading up to race day, race day itself and post event.
Organisers Grounded Events say they need 2,000 volunteers to help out.
The marathon is now in its fourth year and has rapidly grown in stature, raising millions of pounds for charity and boosting the city’s economy.
Organisers say its success is largely due to the “fantastic support” it receives.
Grounded Events managing director Tom Naylor said: “We could not stage the marathon without the help of the volunteers.
“In return for tapping into this wealth of selfless dedication, we at the marathon would like to give the army of volunteers an extra springboard to future employment.
“In this way, not only do we hope to further empower the local community, but develop constructive contact between volunteers and the marathon.”
Marathon organisers are hoping the newly trained volunteers will return year on year and be the start of a legacy to support the event, strengthening its delivery and community involvement.
To sign up as volunteer, visit www.brightonmarathon.co.uk.
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