Workforce Transformation
The IOC athlete career programme in cooperation with Adecco supports young champions at Nanjing Youth Olympic Games
Workshops and new digital app introduced on time management and networking to develop athletes’ skills beyond sports.
August 29, 2014

Adecco Group, the world’s leading provider of HR solutions, in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee Athlete Career Programme (IOC ACP), confirms its commitment to the life skills development of young athletes at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China from August 16th to 28th. Over 12 days, young athletes are offered dedicated workshops on time management and networking, as well as a new digital app, to support them in their talent and career development beyond sports and competition.

As part of the IOC’s Culture & Education Programme (CEP), the IOC Athlete Career Programme in cooperation with Adecco is providing 15 to 18-year-old athletes participating in the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China with a new online app, workshops and facilitated discussion to support them with life skills and talent development beyond sports and competitions. Over 3,800 young athletes from 204 nations and regions are participating in 28 sports at the Nanjing YOG. The Adecco ACP workshop ‘Act on your time’ is designed to support the champions with good time management practices, while ‘Balance your act’ will teach them how to capitalise on the supportive network around them. The ACP activities are part of the IOC's ’Learn & Share’ zone in the Youth Olympic Village, which offers athletes valuable guidance on topics such as anti-doping, fair play, injury prevention and how to be an inspiring role model.

The ACP workshops are delivered by Adecco and the IOC ACP team as well as members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, supported by a team of 37 Athlete Role Models (ARMs). ARMs include many legendary Olympic and World champions, who play a key role in supporting, mentoring and offering advice to young athletes.

The Nanjing 2014 Culture and Education Programme (CEP) of which the ACP is a part, has been designed as a unique and impactful experience to inspire young participants about competing, learning and sharing. For this reason, beyond competition, the CEP focuses on developing athletes’ life skills, enabling them to become champions for life by learning from their peers as well as from Olympic role models.

Patrick Glennon, Adecco Senior Vice President for the International Olympic Committee Athlete Career Programme said: “As the world’s leading provider of HR solutions, we want to share our expertise in talent development and career guidance with young elite athletes. The YOG are ideal to talk with elite athletes about the importance of education, life skills and career planning at an early stage in a fun setting. It is all about providing these talents with tools to better prepare them to succeed in all areas of life by leveraging their transferrable traits and skills in sports and beyond.”

Claudia Bokel, Member of the IOC Executive Board, IOC Athletes' Commission Chair and Chair of the IOC ACP Steering Committee, stated: “We want young elite athletes to get the most out of their YOG experience. It is our goal to provide them with the opportunity to take part not just in sport competition, but in the CEP workshops and activities that will equip them with the skills to become true ambassadors of their sport and champions in life.”

Adecco previously offered training workshops through the IOC ACP at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore (2010) and Innsbruck (2012), reaching over 400 YOG participants.

Since 2005 and 2007 respectively, the Adecco Group has been working with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to support elite, Olympic and Paralympic athletes in their transition from sport to the labour market through career training and job placement. Since 2005, more than 15,000 athletes from over 100 countries have been involved in both Programmes. Agreements between National Olympic and Paralympic Committees and Adecco organisations have been in place since the global launch in 35 countries on five continents.


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About the International Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), created in 1894, is a non-governmental organisation with volunteer members who represent its work around the world, and an administrative staff based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The vision of the IOC is to contribute to building a better world through sport. In addition to ensuring the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, the IOC also oversees a wide range of programmes and projects that aim to educate youth through sport, promote Olympism in society and to lead and support the Olympic Movement.