Colleges plan for casino workforce training

Colleges plan for casino workforce training


GAMING COMMISSION IS PREPARING
FOR THE DEMAND.
LIVE: WITH MORE THAN 200,000
PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED ACROSS THE
STATE, COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE
STEPPING IN TO MAKE SURE THAT
JOBS FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS
CASINO INDUSTRY GO TO LOCAL
WORKERS.
AT LEAST 30,000 APPLICANTS WILL
BE NEEDED TO FILL MORE THAN
10,000 JOB OPENINGS IN THE NEW
MASSACHUSETTS CASINO INDUSTRY.
COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE WORKING
WITH DEVELOPERS AND THE
MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION
TO MAKE SURE THERE’S A READY
WORKFORCE TO MEET THAT DEMAND.
SOT STEPHEN CROSBY, CHAIRMAN,
MASS GAMING COMMISSION: “ONE OF
THE MAIN REASONS FOR DOING
EXPANDED GAMING IN MASSACHUSETTS
WAS TO GENERATE JOBS, QUALITY
JOBS FOR PEOPLE IN
MASSACHUSETTS.” RIGHT NOW,
COLLEGES ARE WORKING WITH
DEVELOPERS TO IDENTIFY WHAT JOBS
AND HOW MANY ARE NEEDED FOR THE
THREE CASINOS AND SINGLE SLOTS
PARLOR THAT MAY BE UP AND
RUNNING IN THE NEXT 2 YEARS. JOB
APPLICANTS WILL LIKELY NEED TO
BE SCREENED, TRAINED AND
LICENSED. SOT ROBERT LEPAGE, VP
WORKFORCE TRAINING, SPRINGFIELD
TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE:
“THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE
WORKING WITH THE COMMISSION TO
DETERMINE THE PROCESS
POTENTIALLY THAT COULD BE USED
FOR HIRING AND WHAT OCCUPATION
WITHIN THE CASINO WILL REQUIRE
SPECIFIC TRAINING AND
CERTIFICATION THAT CURRENTLY
ISN’T AVAILABLE IN COMMUNITIES.”
BUT COMMUNITY COLLEGES SAY SOME
OF THE CHALLENGES MASSACHUSETTS
FACES ARE AN AGING WORKFORCE, A
LACK OF EDUCATION FOR THOSE
CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED, AND FEW
PROFESSIONAL WORKERS THAT
REGULARLY DEAL IN THE CUSTOMER
SERVICE AND HOSPITALITY SECTORS.
SOT BRUCE STEBBINS,
COMMISSIONER, MASS GAMING
COMMISSIONER: “OBVIOUSLY OUR
FOCUS WILL BE ON RECRUITING
UNDEREMPLOYED, CHRONICALLY
UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE WHO THIS IS A
GREAT JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM
AND FEED THEM INTO A SYSTEM THAT
HOPEFULLY AT THE END OF THE DAY
WILL PRODUCE A CAREER FOR THEM.”
LIVE: IN THE COMING MONTHS, THE
GAMING COMMISSION WILL DECIDE
WHETHER SOME CASINO JOBS WILL
REQUIRE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND
CHECKS AND WHETHER OTHERS WILL
REQUIRE FURTHER SCREENING OR
LICENSING. LIVE IN BOSTON,
CHRISTINE LEE, 22 NEWS.

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