Games helpers offered qualification

Volunteers at the Olympics will be given the chance to achieve a national qualification to help them find work after the Games have finished.

Food giant McDonald's, one of the official partners of the London Games, is helping to select and train up to 70,000 volunteers who will be involved in the event.

The company said up to 1,000 of the volunteers, many of them unemployed, will have the chance to obtain a City & Guilds Level 2 Award after the Games if they complete a period of training and sit an exam.

Everyone completing the qualification will also be offered an interview for an apprenticeship at McDonald's.

The Games training programme will be used by the hospitality skills sector, People 1st, after the Olympics, McDonald's announced.

Jez Langhorn, Vice President, People of McDonald's, said: "It's always been our ambition to use our role as Presenting Partner for the Games Maker programme to deliver a lasting legacy that will create opportunities for the volunteers themselves, will raise hospitality standards in our own business and across the service sector as a whole."

Lord Coe, chairman of London 2012, said volunteers will have the chance to gain a "valuable" qualification, which they can put to use long after the Games finish.