Volunteers will be the mainstay of the workforce during the World Fair in Milan, Expo2015, in a way reminiscent of the London Olympic Games in 2012.
Under the terms of an agreement signed in July between the organising body, Expo 2015 SpA, and the labour unions a total of 18,500 volunteers will work two-week periods of five hours a day, covering mainly information services and assistance for visitors at the Expo site.
There will also be nearly 200 internships (staggisti), 340 apprenticeships and 300 fixed-term contracts. These will make up more than the usual percentage of the total workforce allowed under the terms of normal collective contracts.
Expo Milan 2015 runs from 1 May to 31 October 2015 with the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. The Expo2015 site is in the northwest of the city close to the new Fiera di Milano at Rho.
The two most recent countries to sign the official contract of participation are Japan and South Korea, bringing the number of signatories to 62. So far the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia have not joined the 131 countries that have promised to participate.
The Japan pavilion will be made of recyclable materials, use renewable energy sources and the theme will be the ancient and modern traditions of Japanese cuisine.
The Korean pavilion, which will be sited near the main entrance, will emphasise the country’s agriculture, art and technology and focus on opportunities for the young.