2012 London Olympics Job Vacancies

2012 London Olympics jobs - Olympics flame at nightThe 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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2 Responses to 2012 London Olympics Job Vacancies
  1. Martin ORoyan
    May 5, 2011 | 4:43 pm

    Personally I don’t know how anyone can take LOCOG Recruitment Team (the people who do the hiring for the 2012 London Olympics) seriously.
    They have put out at all the London jobcentres (and possibly further) that ‘ANYONE WITH A DISABILITY GETS A GAURENTEED INTERVIEW’.
    As a fan of the Olympics and a London resident with a disability I find it rather a poor show that the LOCOG, Lord Coe and any party affiliated with the Olympics are simply not capable of paying attention to detail (which says quite a bit for potential security risks) and their ability for keeping promises and telling the truth comes into question.
    How many time should they be allowed to email me saying that even though I was promised an interview I get… “This was a difficult decision and should in no way be viewed as a reflection of your abilities and skills.”
    How much cheap labour has been shipped into the London area in the name of saying they are ‘local’?
    So far they have emailed me the same scripted rubbish twice with no reply after I replied to them. There were no names in the email which lends me to believe that no one there is willing to take responsibility for the pap they are emailing out.
    I’m not really bitter and had even forgot about the first email, but now its beyond a joke. As far as I am concerned the whole thing is saddly becoming a cheap and nasty farce that we (the tax payers) who will have to carry the cost, while the upper lot reap benefits, make money and generally get away it.

    • Clive
      May 5, 2011 | 5:53 pm

      Hi Martin

      When was it ever anything but a farce when a government is involved? I’m also disabled and am with you on this one, brother!

      Good luck.