Three months to go until Securitas starts work at Schalke

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

On 1st July, the VeltinsArena will change its security service provider. Securitas won the tender, beating five other competitors. The company is now responsible for, or involved in, performing security tasks at six DFL stadiums. The new contract is a sporty challenge for the security specialist: Until the start of the 2014/2015 season, a team of up to 1,000 suitable stewards and security officers must be recruited and trained.

"Our security concept complies with the DFB directives, and even goes beyond them. This can only be achieved by using qualified staff," says Dirk Dernbach, Managing Director of Securitas Rheinland. "We have many years of experience in ensuring safety at other stadiums, and we know the challenges that arise when providing security services for football matches."

It is a major task to provide up to 750 employees – all at once – for guarding and steward services on peak days. Stephanie Schlenker, Managing Director of Securitas Ruhr: "Thanks to our strong presence in North-Rhine Westphalia, we managed to establish ourselves as a market leader in providing guarding and security services for sporting and major events. However, the implementation of such a permanent contract requires the recruitment of new staff."

Interested employees are offered the opportunity by the company to continue their industry-specific education – primarily by attending the Securitas-own, certified Technical School of Security. If the candidates are adequately suited, the company even offers to finance the basic qualification which is indispensable for a future full-time job in this sector.

For several years now, Dernbach and his colleagues have aimed at a higher level of safety at football stadiums, e.g. by being present in various committees that try to ensure legal guidelines and safety in the world of professional football.