By Claire West

The achievements of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) were formally recognised last night, as they were presented with the first ever Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Special Achievement Award.

LOCOG was granted the award for mobilising over 200,000 staff, volunteers and contractors to deliver a spectacular event.

Peter Cheese, CEO at the CIPD, comments:

“After a truly incredible summer of sport and celebration it seemed to right to recognise the behind the scenes efforts of LOCOG’s human resources team. Their approach to managing and engaging a truly diverse workforce, including young people from the local London Boroughs, should be an example for organisations of all shapes and sizes to follow.

The scheme to select and train the 70,000 volunteers, 6,000 paid staff and 125,000 contracted Games Makers involved in London 2012 was a huge achievement, with many visitors agreeing that those individuals represented the ‘spirit’ of the Games. As well as great memories, the impact on the lives of those involved has been immeasurable.

The organisers reached out to those from more disadvantaged groups in local areas, and provided them with the skills and knowledge to make a significant contribution to the Games and help them for the future.”