Olympic hope for Michael

Michael Driver
Michael Driver

A YOUNG jobseeker has been given Olympic hope of finding a job after being interviewed for work during this year’s sporting spectacular.

Michael Driver is hoping to land a job working in security during the London event after linking up with Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The 20-year-old, who has applied for around 200 jobs since leaving college with an NVQ Level 1 in plumbing 18 months ago, asked about the college’s Security Industry Association (SIA)-accredited course and was promptly put on the four-day scheme last week.

Yesterday he was given a job interview with G4S at the college, which he said went well.

He said around 40 other people were also being interviewed, but he added that security job opportunities at the Olympics were “in their hundreds” and he believes he has a good chance.

Michael, who is one of the faces of the Hartlepool Mail’s Work in Progress campaign, which aims to highlight the plight of the unemployed and help people into work, said he passed the four-day course and is now saving £220 for his SIA badge, which could also help him get a job on door security for bars and clubs.

During the course, he spent three days learning theory and one day in a practical setting, learning restraining techniques.

Michael, from Lanark Road, Owton Manor, said: “I enjoyed it, it was great.

“The interview also went well.”

Security chiefs are expected to inform successful candidates if they have been given a job within 90 days.

Then Michael is hoping he will be one of the lucky applicants to be working on security for the Olympics and the Paralympic Games in July and August.

Michael said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity.”

The Mail reported last week that Michael was also taking up an intensive assembly line training course with the college’s Work Academy.

Michael added that in the past few weeks he had applied for 20 to 30 more jobs and had received rejection letters from two of them.

But he remains optimistic, saying: “It’s been busy times, with the college courses, there’s lots going on.”

The Mail’s campaign was launched after jobless figures for January showed 4,633 people claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance, up from 4,451 in December.