“Tens of thousands” Olympic jobs available
Tens of thousands of job opportunities will be created by the London 2012 Games over the next six months, reiterated Olympic bosses, and 15 to 20 per cent of them will go to east Londoners.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) said that a huge workforce of people will be needed to deliver the Games and they are committed to ensuring that those opportunities go to residents from the six host boroughs, including Newham, by working closely with job brokerages, JobCentre Plus and posting vacancies on their website.
By Games time, the London 2012 workforce will include 6,000 paid staff, up to 70,000 volunteers and around 100,000 paid contractors.
Tens of thousands of job opportunities with contractors will become available over the next six months in areas including catering, cleaning, security, transport, event stewarding and retail.
LOCOG are looking for 4,000 people to fill roles in customer service, hospitality, operations, help desk, facilities management and administration.
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Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of LOCOG said: “Without the tens of thousands of people working on the London 2012 Games, they simply wouldn’t happen.
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“If someone wants to be able to say that they played a part in making London 2012 a success, then this is their opportunity.
“There is a role out there for everyone and I would urge everyone to keep an eye on our website and start applying for these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.”
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The Games must be a catalyst for transforming the skills and jobs prospects of Londoners and I urge people to get online and check out the thousands of opportunities that will be on offer next year.
“Whether it’s a paid job or a volunteer role as part of our ever expanding Team London initiative, there are countless ways to get involved, boost your skills and help make the Games a resounding success.”
Most of the positions will be short term from April 2012 and for the duration of the Olympics.
Jobs will be updated every day on www.london2012.com/jobs, in job brokerages and JobCentre Plus branches and many private contractors will be hiring through their own recruitment channels.