- 06 Feb 2007
- IOC News
1,000th athlete joins the Athletes’ Career Programme
The 1,000th athlete has joined the Athletes’ Career Programme (APC) established in 2005 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Adecco, the world leader in human resources. “The fact that 1,000 athletes have sought professional advice over the last two years highlights the growing popularity of this programme”, underlined Jacques Rogge in a press release issued on this occasion. The programme is today offered in over 15 countries, and will be expanded throughout 2007.
Preparation starts while still active
Ideally, the athlete joins the programme as early as possible while still active. In a first, very important step, the programme assists athletes to define their professional goals. Once these are defined, athletes need to become aware that there may be some need for additional education and training, or just to develop and refine skills needed to enter the workforce more prepared. Adecco then assists the athlete in contacting potential employers. “Sports competition requires an extensive investment from athletes that leaves them limited time to prepare for their professional life. This is where we come in and offer our worldwide expertise in delivering career training and placing people in the right jobs”, is how Adecco CEO Dieter Scheiff summarises the goal of the programme.
An initiative from the IOC Athletes’ Commission
Initiated by the IOC Athletes’ Commission, the Athletes’ Career Programme was launched in February 2005 and is jointly managed by the IOC and Adecco. Sergey Bubka and Robert Ctvrtlik, respectively Chairman and member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and members of the ACP Steering Committee, are actively taking part in the project.