Serving up jobs

Training for tennis tournament

Unemployed people are to get the chance of a free qualification and a job through the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament.

A partnership between the city council, stewarding company Control Event Solutions (CES) and Northern Vision will see those aged over 19 offered the chance to gain an NVQ level two in spectator security at the Calderstones Park event.

They will be mentored during on-the-job training at the tournament, which takes place from 20-23 June, and also take part in three days of study for the qualification.

All those who pass the exam will get a guaranteed interview with CES. They employ over 2,000 stewards and have contracts for many big events and the ECHO Arena.

Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for Employment, Enterprise and Skills, said: “This is a great partnership which is a win-win for everyone involved.

“It gives young people a chance to be involved in one of the most prestigious events in our events calendar, a worthwhile qualification and the chance of future employment.”

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Director of CES, said: “this is a fantastic opportunity for Liverpool, one that we’re happy to support al-r) Chris Shirling-Rooke and Mike Halligan from CES, Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for employment, enterprise and skills and Liverpool International Tennis Tournament promoter Anders Borg at Calderstone Parks a local employer. We’ve found working with the council and the Liverpool International team has enabled us to deliver what is quiet a technical project, with relative ease “.

Anders Borg from Northern Vision said: “We are very excited and honoured to be part of such an unique and important scheme through the Liverpool International. The economy is indeed very difficult for our industry but by helping unemployed into work in addition to showcasing what a great sport tennis is a fantastic way for Northern Vision to contribute to grow the economy.”.

Applications can be made through Liverpool in Work on 0151 233 5309 / 4605 or by visiting:

• The Job Bank, Tunnel Road, Wavertree
• Norris Green Library, Townsend Avenue, Norris Green
• The Liverpool in Work office, South Parade, Speke

The closing date for applications is Friday 3 May.

Pictured:( l-r) Chris Shirling-Rooke and Mike Halligan from CES, Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for employment, enterprise and skills and Liverpool International Tennis Tournament promoter Anders Borg at Calderstone Park