The 2012 London Olympics recruitment programme has finally got underway and, if you want to grab one of the ‘tens of thousands of jobs’ which the historic event will generate in the capital, now is the time to act.
Recruitment is being handled on a special London Olympics website and the procedure is to upload your pre-prepared CV or to create one using their purpose-made programme. That way, when the specific vacancies become known, the London Olympics’ Organising Committee can contact suitable applicants to ask for more information and to arrange interviews.
The job posts that will need filling will consist of anything and everything necessary to process the ticket sales, marshal the visitors, cater for and accommodate both athletes and support staff, deal with technical issues and clean up behind everyone. Appointments will start next month and interviews will commence any day.
The intention is to recruit locally wherever possible with 20% of the workforce to be inhabitants of the six London Boroughs hosting the event – Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) are particularly keen on both ensuring a highly diverse workforce and providing jobs for the young unemployed.
Steven Frost, LOCOG’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion, said that the 2012 Olympic Games would be a ‘lasting legacy’ because of this desire to achieve a historic level of diversity in its workers. He explained, “The recruitment pool is impressively diverse, and the thousands of disabled people that have applied, for example, is genuinely groundbreaking.”
He also described how this would be achieved by making diversity and inclusion ‘absolutely central’ to the process of recruitment and how the 200,000-strong workforce would be made up of individuals from a very wide range of backgrounds, and possessing all levels of abilities. This would apply across the board – to both the volunteer and the temporary posts.
Disabled people are guaranteed an interview so, if you are not 100% able-bodied, don’t let this impede you. There are also diversity assessments and apprenticeships for suitable candidates. These policies are already in force, having formed part of the mandatory recruitment process that was written into the tender documents for the construction and other contracts.
Steven Frost hopes that this policy, along with the buildings and some of the jobs created, will remain long after the Olympics’ closing ceremony. As he put it, the idea is ‘to transfer the relevant pieces of learning to other employers and HR professionals’ in an effort to provide a lasting influence on UK recruitment procedures.
If you’re interested in any of the 2012 Olympics job vacancies you’d better hurry – the more senior managerial level posts are already being advertised.
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