Why not employ youths?

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Why has G4S had so much trouble recruiting security guards for the Olympics? Do we not have untold thousands of unemployed, champing at the bit to work?

I have two very presentable, intelligent, polite, well brought up, reliable, desperate to work grandsons.

One is on his university summer recess, and the other in his last year of sixth form college.

They both speak fluent English. Why were they not offered the employment? It has been a never ending round of distributing CVs to every retail outlet in the area, trying to get a job, all to no avail. Yet there were apparently all these unfilled vacancies just waiting to be snapped up. The reason for this oversight was, of course, the contract to fill these positions was handed out via the old boys network, as always. My oldest grandson who is 20, volunteered to work at the Olympic stadium for free, and got the job. Unfortunately, when he discovered he had to pay his own fares which are prohibitive from Hockley, it was not viable. He just could not afford it.

Why were these jobs not advertised at universities when it was known personnel would be needed?

They seem to have managed to recruit many people who cannot speak the language adequately, when they could have had other youths doing the job and presenting a friendly, enthusiastic face to the visitors attending the Games.

When will we learn everything is not about how much money can be made from it? I despair.

Mrs Beryl Happe

Uplands Road

Hawkwell

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4:23pm Wed 1 Aug 12

Nebs says...

You said you oldest grandson volunteered to work at the Olympics and got the job, then he discovered he had to pay his own fares which are prohibitive from Hockley.
Maybe that is why he is struggling to get a job. It was 100% clear at the outset, and you were told several times throughout the volunteer process, that you would have to pay your own fares. If he got all the way through reading the rules and completing and submitting the forms, let alone paying his own fares for attending the interview, there is absolutely no way he would not have known that he had to pay his own fares.
You said you oldest grandson volunteered to work at the Olympics and got the job, then he discovered he had to pay his own fares which are prohibitive from Hockley. Maybe that is why he is struggling to get a job. It was 100% clear at the outset, and you were told several times throughout the volunteer process, that you would have to pay your own fares. If he got all the way through reading the rules and completing and submitting the forms, let alone paying his own fares for attending the interview, there is absolutely no way he would not have known that he had to pay his own fares. Nebs
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8:15pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Lesley says...

I wonder if that well-known volunteer, Lord Coe pays his own fares?
I wonder if that well-known volunteer, Lord Coe pays his own fares? Lesley
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