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MORE lollipop workers will be outside our schools thanks to a successful recruitment campaign.

Last year, The News helped launch a campaign with Portsmouth City Council to recruit more people to fill vacant crossing patrol positions outside schools across the city.

The council has received 57 requests for application forms and nine people have so far been offered positions after successful interviews. More people are yet to be assessed and interviewed.

Marc Griffin, assistant head of service for transport at the council, said: ‘Since The News highlighted the need for more lollipop people, and the launch of our recruitment campaign, we’ve received 57 requests for application forms, which is great.

‘We’ll see new lollipop people on the streets very soon, which is fantastic.

‘We’re very grateful for The News’ help in finding potential lollipop people.’

At the start of the campaign, the council said there were 22 vacancies which needed to be filled, some of which were vacant for more than a year. The campaign is continuing to run.

Mr Griffin added: ‘It’s really encouraging to have so many enquiries but we want to keep them coming.

‘The more enquiries we get, the better the chance of filling the posts we need to fill.

‘If people feel it’s for them, then we’d love to talk to them.

‘It’s never easy finding the right people to do what is actually quite a demanding and unusual job.

‘Unfortunately, many applicants fail to show they have the basic requirements for the job. Some fail to provide references or complete the application form.

‘Others who show an interest later decide the job is not for them. This might be because of the hours, the physical requirements, the need to be on duty in all weathers, or other reasons.

‘Others, we find, can’t demonstrate they have the right skills or attributes for the role, which is an important and sensitive one, involving keeping children safe and dealing with tricky and possibly dangerous situations.’

The positions are for 10 hours a week, offering wages of £7.33-£8.01 per hour.

If you could fill one of these positions, contact Sue McDermott at the council on (023) 9284 1155.