Suppliers announced for Sochi 2014

The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has announced its transport and personnel suppliers ahead of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Russian City.

The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has announced its transport and personnel suppliers ahead of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Russian City.
 
Three HR companies, Adecco Group from Switzerland, Russia’s Exect Business Training and American company Kelly Services have been signed by the committee to fill its recruitment and staffing category, with Adecco providing temporary staff, Exect taking charge of staff training, and Kelly Services responsible for permanent staff recruitment and managing the Sochi 2014 Career Centre.

In total the three companies are expected to select and train over 75,000 people to work at the Games. 5,000 Adecco staff will begin working in September 2013 until the end of the event, while Exect will be tasked with training 25,000 volunteers and around 5,000 members of the Games personnel, including suppliers’ and contractors’ staff, in conjunction with the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU).

Meanwhile, Kelly Services will recruit over 1,000 highly qualified specialists and provide recruitment assistance to companies requiring staff for the event, and also work to ensure an effective post-Olympic legacy on the labour market in Sochi and the Krasnodar Region.

In addition, 35,000 workers will be hired from service suppliers to the Games, with over 25,000 extra volunteers taking the total workforce to around 150,000 people. According to the organising committee’s website, the entire workforce will be given training in the English language and in the theory of cross-cultural collaboration.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, said: "Right now, one of our main tasks is to recruit and train our workforce. Given the huge amount of infrastructure that has been constructed in Sochi, we need to bring in a large number of specialists. Olympic Games are all about the teamwork that puts it together, and that's why we are welcoming three biggest players of the recruitment and training services market on board the Russia's Olympic project. These are companies that possess international expertise and experience in the Russian market."

Meanwhile, the organising committee also announced the appointment of Russia’s GAZ Group and Scania-Rus, the Russian arm of the Swedish vehicle company, as suppliers of buses to serve participants and spectators of the event.

Commenting at the signing of the deals, Chernyshenko said: "The Sochi 2014 Winter Games will attract the leading companies in the market, and today's event, accepting GAZ Group and Scania to the team, is an extra confirmation of this fact. The agreements are particularly valuable in light of the fact that GAZ Group has the unique experience of partnership with the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, and has an inside perspective on the Olympic project. I do have a sincere hope for a fruitful partnership on the path to the first Russian Winter Games.”