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G4S announces that two of its employees have been bestowed with Butler Trust Awards.

G4S is delighted to announce that two of its employees have been bestowed with Butler Trust Awards. The Butler Trust Annual Awards recognise outstanding dedication, skill and creativity on the part of those working in prison, probation, youth justice services, criminal justice social work and court escort & custody settings across the UK.

Fiona Williams, Director of Education Operations at G4S Children’s Services, was awarded an accolade in recognition of the inspirational work and commitment she displayed over 18 months in transforming education provision at the Oak Hill Secure Training Centre. Fiona’s commitment and innovative thinking helped the facility secure an Outstanding rating from Ofsted. Oakhill STC presents a challenging environment for educational professionals and the success Fiona delivered will help ensure better outcomes for the young offenders in the facility.

Tony Ridgeway, Security Officer in G4S Regional Security part of G4S Secure Solutions, was given his award in recognition of his work for the Greater Manchester Intensive Alternative to Custody pilot project. This programme targeted 18-25 year old males that would otherwise face a short custodial sentence. It brought together a range of agencies that were charged with using fresh approaches to achieve positive change and support young men into training, apprenticeships and employment.

David Taylor-Smith, CEO UK and Africa, G4S Plc, commented:

“It is fantastic that the great work of G4S employees helping young offenders embrace positive outcomes has been recognised by such a prestigious organisation as the Butler Trust. The awards highlight the focus the company places on improving the lives of young people in our care, be it in a Secure Training Centre or outreach project. Our employees invest a great deal of passion and considerable expertise in developing ‘best practice’ programmes to provide young people with the best opportunity to maximise their potential.”

The Butler Trust receives more than 250 nominations each year from staff, volunteers and offenders for its awards. This year 13 winners were announced and their hard work and dedication celebrated at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 15th March. The Awards were launched in 1985 in memory of the reforming former Home Secretary, Rab Butler. The Awards are supported at the very highest level and the Award Winners and Commendees received their certificates from Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal.

G4S, the international security solutions group, today announces that G4S Secure Solutions (UK) Limited (G4S UK) has become the Official Security Services Provider and tier three sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games following the appointment made by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)

Under the agreement, G4S UK will be responsible for recruiting, training and managing the 10,000-strong security workforce that will be tasked with securing the Games alongside colleagues from the police and local authorities across all London 2012 competition and non-competition venues.

G4S UK and LOCOG will be collaborating with the Bridging the Gap scheme established by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) the Security Industry Authority (SIA), Skills for Security and North Hertfordshire College to identify talented people from further education colleges across the UK. The initiative is set to bring thousands of new recruits into the security industry. It provides a formal qualification for further education students from across the UK, leading to a guaranteed job interview with LOCOG to help supplement their security provision at Games time. The programme has been awarded the London 2012 “Inspire Mark”. It is hoped that the project will prove to be a gateway for long-term careers in the security industry, providing a lasting legacy. The intake of students for London 2012 will be managed by G4S.

2010 marked the 75-year anniversary of G4S in the UK where G4S now employs 50,000 people. The group has extensive experience in the security of sporting and other major events and has been responsible for security at the Olympic Park site in East London since 2008. The deal with LOCOG will cover all Olympic and Paralympic venues across the UK.

David Taylor-Smith, Regional CEO of G4S UK & Africa commented, “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as the Official Security Services Provider for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012. We have worked extremely hard with LOCOG, the police, central government and the host venues and boroughs to develop a security proposal which will provide excellent security for the games, whilst ensuring that spectators, competitors and providers of services to the Games can enjoy the spectacle of one of the greatest sporting events in the world.”

LOCOG CEO Paul Deighton said, “This deal represents where we are with our plans for the Games – we’re now looking at operational delivery. G4S will help us ensure that the security provisions in place are robust and of the highest professionalism and we welcome them to the London 2012 family. Our commercial programme has been a great success and we’re now approaching our targets which will contribute to the staging of spectacular Games in 2012.”

As a part of the continuing focus on using social media as a tool in the recruitment process G4S made the decision to develop our Facebook presence using specialist agency Netnatives to realise our goals.

From a recruiting standpoint it is absolutely the right medium for G4S to engage with candidates and show them what the business actually does, who the people are who work for us and the depth of opportunity available to those looking to join G4S .

“With the launch of a Facebook presence G4S has shown that we are committed to developing a joined up approach to using social media and to our candidates. We are now using a number of social channels to communicate career help and advice and to drive people back to our corporate careers centre. “ Matt Burney G4S Resourcing and Community Executive

G4S and Netnatives worked extremely hard to ensure the experience of the corporate career centre was replicated as closely as possible within the framework of Facebook. This presented its own challenges as the G4S Career Centre is a hugely interactive site built on the Talent On View platform and was designed to offer candidates social media interaction and a range of career tools. Netnatives’ creative team worked very closely with G4S to ensure the brand remained consistent and the look and feel of the career centre was very clearly replicated.

“The goal of much of G4S’social activity is to ensure it remains consistent in how we communicate the employer brand and how candidates are able to interact with G4S. It was extremely important to find a partner that could deliver on this.” Matt Burney G4S Resourcing and Community Executive

“Net Natives is proud to have worked alongside G4S as one of their social channel partners. G4S recognised that an essential part of their pioneering direct resourcing strategy was to create an effective social destination for candidate attraction and engagement on the largest social network. By using Net Natives to build their fully functioning Facebook career presence,with a dynamic feed of jobs, embedded corporate videos and every aspect of their corporate career centre, G4S is now able to utilise the strength and power of Facebook to deliver their innovative recruitment goals.” – Steve Evans, MD Netnatives

The G4S was launched in November 2010 to service the recruiting needs of the global G4S community. As a business employing over 630,000 employees G4S has larger recruiting needs than most companies and wanted to develop some clear strategies around using new technology, engaging with social media and creating an environment for candidates that was useful, helpful and engaging.

As we slowly creep out of the winter and into the spring and summer months thoughts within G4S inevitably turn to the myriad of sporting and music events coming up this year.  As you may know G4S are a huge supporter of sport and have been proud to not only act as a sponsor for many sports teams but also as the security provider for some of the world’s most prestigious events.

 Those of you looking for work on the G4S careers centre may have seen we are recruiting for stewarding staff at Burnley FC, for Wimbledon and for the Cheltenham festival, our team will also be covering the British Grand Prix, V Festival and many more events.

 The team at G4S are extremely successful in securing these high profile occasions and have been lucky enough to have an excellent team of both full time and casual staff supporting our efforts, those people who work at the events get to see them from a unique perspective and sometimes come extremely close to both celebrities and sporting stars.

 If you are interested in working for the events team then do run a search on the site and I am sure you will find something that fits the bill!


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