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Gradwell’s mission –
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…to train 16,000 security guards for the Olympics
Debbie Gradwell, aged 31, from Tenby, is a former A-level and current PGCE student of Pembrokeshire College, has been tasked to help train the Welsh division of a 16,000 workforce to become the security team for this year’s Olympic Games.
The team will be one of the biggest ever recruited to secure the 2012 games, the threat of terrorism is real and this reality has been given maximum attention. Debbie left College in 1999 to study Performing Arts at the Swansea Metropolitan and later studied Psychology at Swansea University for two years. After graduating she pursued her ambition of starting her own business, Tenby based West Wales Events, a service providing trained security personnel to regional and national events. Debbie has continued to study, enrolling on the 7302 – Learning and Training Certificate at the college and the City and Guilds 1886 and Physical Intervention Trainer's Certificate at Skills for Security, Worcester, making sure that she can offer her staff and clients the most effective and up-to-date security training. Coupled with having the right qualifications for the job, Debbie’s performing background has also helped her project confidence as a trainer. Whilst studying for these qualifications, Debbie’s path crossed with another security entrepreneur who is the national Manager for Enterprise Security and Safety Training Ltd (ESST). Businessman Mark Barber recognised Debbie’s strong leadership and training skills and approached her to help him train the UK Olympic Security Team.
Debbie is tasked with the coordination and security training from Wales, which is no mean feat. What has helped Debbie immensely is the PGCE, which she is currently studying at Pembrokeshire College. “I am training many different personalities from diverse backgrounds, the PGCE has helped me to identify subtle differences in how individuals want to be trained. I love the challenge of training people and hope to progress to a Masters in education in the future,” said Debbie. But for now, Debbie has her hands full with running her business and ensuring she delivers a dynamic Welsh division to the Olympic security team. The future looks bright for this College student, she graduates at St David’s Cathedral in July, her own business is going from strength to strength, she’s on track with her Olympic mission and Debbie and her colleagues have just won the security training contracts for Wimbledon and Silverstone…it looks like sports enthusiasts across the country will be in safe hands this summer.