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Roehampton students select Games Makers for 2012 Olympics

"The Games Maker volunteers will be the faces of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and thus for LOCOG it is crucial that they they recruit the best team players in the UK. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to be involved in such a high profile experience."

Posted: 21 November 2011

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Roehampton students help recruit Games Makers for 2012 Olympics

Students from the University of Roehampton’s Business Management (Human Resource Management (HRM) pathway) programme have been working with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) recruiting Games Makers in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

The students followed a structured a scheme where after a training programme, they spent sessions interviewing volunteers that had applied to be Games Makers at the London Olympics. This unique and very topical work experience opportunity has given the students involved fantastic employability skills.

The training was embedded into Year 2 HRM using LOCOG as a live case study to develop students’ understanding of recruitment and selection, during seminar activities and culminating in role-play sessions to gain experience of using LOCOG’s behavioural interview techniques.

Having completed the training in-class the selected students committed to ten volunteering sessions at LOCOG’s London Recruitment Centre over the summer of 2011, where they interviewed people from all walks of life, who had applied to be Games Makers. Interviews involved the use of a very structured behavioural interviewing technique, face-to-face, or via the telephone .

"The Games Maker volunteers will be the faces of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and so for LOCOG it is crucial that they recruit the best team players in the UK. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to be involved in such a high profile experience," said Roehampton module convener Christina Evans.

"Our students thoroughly enjoyed being involved in this very important interview process. They gained real experience of recruitment and selection, which should be invaluable to them in their future career. Their involvement in this project ties in with the University’s aim to assist students in enhancing their employability, and to be pro-active in seeking work placements within a variety of employment networks."

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