More than 300,000 apply to be Paris Olympics or Paralympics volunteers

The organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics said Thursday more than 300,000 people have applied to be volunteers, meaning they can easily fill the 45,000 places available.

More than 300,000 apply to be Paris Olympics or Paralympics volunteers

One third of the applicants is under 25, the organising committee said.

The criteria for applicants were simple — they have to be at least 18 on January 1st, 2024, speak French and/or English and be available for at least 10 days in the summer of 2024.

A total of 30,000 volunteers will be needed for the Olympics, which take place from July 26th to August 11th next year, and 15,000 are required for the Paralympics, from August 28 to September 8th.

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Some of the applicants “were already volunteers at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville and want to take part again”, the organisers said.

The application process is now closed and the selection will begin.

“Some candidates will be offered interviews or complementary tests, especially when the roles they want require specific skills” such as languages or knowledge of a sport.

The successful applicants will be informed by the end of this year.

The next hurdle for the Paris organisers is recruiting the more than 20,000 private security staff needed for the Olympics, with fears that the army might have to be called in if there is a significant shortfall.

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Wanted: Chefs, cleaners and bus drivers for Paris Olympics

The organisers of the Paris Olympics are in a race to fill 16,000 job vacancies ranging from chefs and cleaners to bus drivers and technicians.

Wanted: Chefs, cleaners and bus drivers for Paris Olympics

A recruitment fair is being held next week at the Olympic athletes’ village in Saint-Denis in a quest to find suitable candidates with the 2024 Games only 10 months away.

With employers in some sectors struggling to recruit since the Covid pandemic, this Olympian-size job drive will be “a challenge for both private security and catering”, said Cecile Martin from the French government’s department of labour.

Non-EU workers will need a residency permit in place in order to work – employers will not sponsor visas for overseas workers – and there has been additional scrutiny on Olympic projects after it was found that some staff working on Games construction projects were undocumented. 

All of this means that next week employers will have to convince potential candidates that the Olympic rings on their CVs represents a plus.

“It’s a rich experience which will be valued by future employers,” promised Tony Estanguet, head of the Paris 2024 organising committee.

“It’s a great challenge, like the Games,” he told AFP.

“And all the better if the dynamic of the Olympic Games enables sectors in difficulty to find employees.”

The company awarded the contract to keep the athletes fed and watered at the Olympic Village and in 14 competition venues is seeking to recruit 6,000 staff.

The French RATP transport company needs bus drivers, while the clock is ticking for security firms to find the 17,000 to 22,000 people required to help the Games run smoothly.

Several thousand more will be required to help secure the fan zones.

According to Pole Emploi, France’s national employment centre, by the end of last month 6,200 people had been hired in this sector with a further 8,000 on training courses.

The Paris organising committee also needs staff in various areas. Its team numbers 1,700 now, with over 4,000 required by the time of the Games.

How many actual new jobs of the 18,000 identified will be created by next year’s Olympics is uncertain.

“This information will be available at the end of the Games,” said Christophe Lepetit from the Centre for Law and Economics of Sport (CDES).