Birmingham 2022 launches apprenticeship scheme

Birmingham 2022 has launched its search for the first group of apprentices to work as part of the team delivering the biggest sports and cultural event to be held in the UK for ten years.

The search for candidates to fill the first business administrator roles has now begun, with other roles in different areas of the organisation, including ticketing, venue development, procurement, workforce, sport, and security expected to go live soon.

The first recruits will officially start their apprenticeship in the New Year.

Birmingham 2022 will be supported in its search by its official recruiter, Gi Group, whose involvement in the Commonwealth Games was announced earlier in the year.

Together with Birmingham 2022’s, recruitment and HR teams, Gi Group will also provide apprenticeship training and learning support.

The apprenticeship scheme announcement comes after Birmingham 2022 also recently confirmed that it is looking to recruit more than 50 new members of staff before the end of 2020 and that by the summer of 2022 it will employ around 1,200 people.

John Crabtree, chairman of Birmingham 2022, said: “We are very pleased to be able to provide these fantastic opportunities for more people to join us in delivering Birmingham 2022 – the biggest event ever to be staged in the West Midlands.

“We’re encouraging people of all ages to apply for our apprenticeship roles and support will be provided during the recruitment process and throughout each apprentice’s time with the organisation.

“This first group of apprentices will be tasked with supporting and engaging with different parts of the organisation and interacting with external customers. The roles are really varied so each apprentice will develop a wide range of skills whilst they are working with us, providing them with lots of experience and helping them to become the region’s next group of major event professionals.”

Once the successful candidates have completed their apprenticeship, which is expected to last for a period of between 12 and 18 months, depending on the role, the apprentices will then continue working for Birmingham 2022 until the end of the Games in August 2022.