Free event volunteer training open to all

The government is planning to hand out funding towards vocational courses for volunteers at the Event Training Centre in Portsmouth.

The course will help stewards or those volunteering at event venues and  festivals – among others. It is thought to cover drug/alcohol awareness, stewarding and crowd management for those want to learn a little bit more about the sector.

According to Event Magazine, the funded course programme is designed to “help event organisers to meet objectives laid out in the licensing act”.

Furthermore, Event Industry News notes that as part of the course, students will be taught NCFE Level 1 in Alcohol Awareness, HABC Level 1 in Substance Misuse and HABC Level 2 in Understanding Stewarding in Spectator Events and in Conflict Management.

Oliver Gardiner, director of the Event Training Centre, commented on the courses: “We’ve spent the last eight months working with Locog and local colleges on ‘Bridging the Gap’ which is the Olympic stewarding training programme. Now that our links with colleges are strong we’ve been given clearance for funded courses.

“Many of the smaller festivals are now running their own bar operations and I think training on site is quite time consuming for them. We can come in and give them the option of nationally recognised training,” he added.