The success of the London 2012 Games will depend on a diverse group of up to 70,000 dedicated and brilliant volunteers. Two thirds of the total number of roles are generalist volunteer positions which include welcome desk staff, ticket checkers, costume assistants, drivers and event stewards.
Applications for generalist roles open at 8am on 15 September 2010. Having carefully considered over the summer whether volunteering for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games is for them, people now have until midnight on Wednesday 27 October 2010 to apply on line at www.london2012.com/volunteering.
The London 2012 Games Maker volunteer programme launched on 27 July 2010 with dedicated web pages explaining the difference between the specialist and generalist volunteer roles, full details on what London 2012 is looking for and when from the team of Games Makers.
Specialist sports, medical, press operations and anti-doping volunteers have been applying since 27 July 2010 and 8,000 applications have been received to date – close to half of the number of specialists required.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: “Volunteering with us will be challenging but the rewards are life-long as our London 2012 Games Makers will literally make history happen. We want the best team players in the UK to apply, people who show the same qualities as our athletes including dedication, focus and grace under pressure.
“Whatever your role, you will help welcome the world and show what the UK has to offer. If you have what it takes to be a London Games Maker, apply now!”
All those applying from 8am on 15 September 2010 will need to be 18 years of age or over on 1 January 2012. LOCOG is especially keen to recruit disabled people to volunteer for the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games and will support disabled candidates through application, selection and as well as at Games-time.
The Young Games Maker programme for up to 1,500 volunteer roles for young people under the age of 18 will be unveiled in July 2011.
Hugh Robertson, Sport and Olympics Minister, said: “This is the general public’s opportunity to be part of the world’s biggest sporting event and experience firsthand the unique atmosphere created by the Olympic and Paralympic Games. With such a vital role to play in ensuring the smooth running of the Games, and the enjoyment of athletes and spectators, we are looking for volunteers who will make London 2012 the best Olympics ever.”
The Mayor is aiming to recruit up to 8,000 London Ambassadors to help and advise the all the visitors that will travel to London in Games time. Located at key points across the city - including transport hubs, outside Games venues, and at popular visitor spots - they will provide much needed information on what to see and do, where to stay and how to get around the capital.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “In addition to the sporting extravaganzas that will be laid on in the summer of 2012, we are also planning to stage a feast of entertainment and events to celebrate this momentous occasion. We need to be at our very best and give each and every guest the warmest of welcomes and help them navigate around this huge metropolis.
“The Games Makers and London Ambassadors have a vital role to play in ensuring every visitor has the time of their lives and leaves feeling that they have really enjoyed their stay with us. Now is your time to make a difference by signing up to be a volunteer in 2012."
Worldwide Olympic Partner McDonald’s, is the Presenting Partner of the Volunteer Programme. Over the last two weeks, McDonald’s has been helping London 2012 raise awareness of the Games Maker volunteer programme through a two-week UK-wide roadshow.
Commenting as Games Maker applications open, David Fairhurst, Chief People Officer, McDonald’s UK & Northern Europe, said:
'This is a watershed moment for the hospitality sector - it marks the start of the volunteers’ journey to 2012 but also what is shaping up to be a golden decade for hospitality. It is exciting to see the public’s huge appetite for volunteering at London 2012, with thousands of people registering their interest to be Games Makers in the run-up to today.
“It is our ambition to make sure the chosen Olympic and Paralympic volunteers walk away with valuable and transferrable skills – providing an enduring legacy for the growing hospitality sector, as well as for the people who are the face of Britain’s service industry, beyond 2012.'
For information on volunteering roles and the application process, please visit www.london2012.com/volunteering
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Notes to editors:
Games Maker timeline and selection events
8am 15 September 2010: generalist applications open
Midnight 27 October 2010: applications close
January 2011 onwards: short-listed applicants begin to be invited to a selection event
February 2011 – February 2012: selection events will take place and all invited applicants will be interviewed
Late 2011: onwards offers made to successful applicants
February 2012: orientation training begins
March 2012: role-specific training begins
April 2012: distribution of uniforms and accreditation passes begin
June 2012: venue training begins.
Games Maker selection events will be held around the UK in London, Glasgow, Belfast, Weymouth and Portland, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Coventry.
McDonald's currently employees 80,000 people across the UK and each year invests over £30millilion in training this workforce. McDonald's gained recognition by the Great Places to Work in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and has also been in The Times Top 100 of Graduate Employers for ten consecutive years. The company has been ranked as one of Britain's Top employers to be granted awarding body status and is currently one of the UK's biggest providers of Apprenticeships.
The Games Maker volunteer portal has been designed and built by Atos Origin - Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games through to 2016. In the run up to the London 2012 Games, the portal developed by Atos Origin will enable London 2012 to recruit up to 70,000 volunteers. The portal will be the main channel of communication between the Games Maker volunteers and the London 2012 Organising Committee.
The idea Games Maker was created by McCann Worldgroup, the official Marketing Services Provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. They are also responsible for developing and executing the fully integrated advertising campaign.
For more information and to register to become a London Ambassadors go online to www.londonambassadors.org.uk. Application forms will be sent out in January.
As it heads towards its £2bn budget for staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games, LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now nineteen domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, GSK, Gymnova, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, Next, The Nielsen Company, Populous, Technogym, Ticketmaster and Trident.
There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games Partner, Sainsbury’s.
The Worldwide Olympic Partners signed up for London 2012 are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos Origin, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa
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