VANOC is asking local businesses to loan them employees during the 2010 Games as the organizing committee struggles to fill 1,500 temporary positions.
The employee loan program was announced on Thursday, offering positions that will last between eight weeks and six months in 32 of VANOC’s 53 departments.
“We’re navigating through an extraordinary downturn in the economy and the use of seconded employees will ease some of the pressures on our budget,” said Dave Cobb, deputy CEO of VANOC.
“We believe the employee loan program is a win-win situation for everyone,” he said.
VANOC already has 45 seconded staff from 20 different partners.
Positions include accreditation co-ordinator, broadcast operations co-ordinator, Cultural Olympiad program manager, venue transportation manager and sport writer.
“Numerous companies and government partners loaned us staff in the lead up to the 1988 Games,” said Frank King, CEO of the Calgary Organizing Committee for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games.
“Not only (would seconding) help VANOC, but (it would) enrich companies with the skills and experiences gained by (staff) being part of it.”