Sands China honors first graduates of training program

The first batch of Sands China team members graduating from the Professionalism Training for Gaming Practitioners programme were honored on Thursday at The Venetian Macau, said the operator in a press release.

Co-organized by the Macau Federation of Trade Unions (FAOM), the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) and Sands China Ltd., the training programme launched in July of last year as the first course of its kind in Macau for gaming employees – creating a three-way partnership between union, employer and the government.

The coursework in last year's Professionalism Training for Gaming Practitioners programme focused primarily on occupational professionalism.

This year, the course has been expanded to cover an overview of the gaming industry, civic education, occupational professionalism and responsible gaming. New materials in this year’s course include an introduction to the current development of the country, the Belt and Road initiative, Macao’s development path, and the impact of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge to Macao’s gaming and tourism industry.

Thursday’s ceremony recognized the first set of Sands China team members to have completed the training, and also welcomed the programme’s newest cohort.

In contrast to last year’s programme, which was open to dealers only, this year’s cohort comprises team members from departments such as table games, slots, cage, international marketing, market development, loyalty marketing and security.  

Dr. Wilfred Wong, President of Sands China remarked: “Sands China is pleased at the success of this programme, and we are very proud of our first group of graduates. We’ve made a commitment to have 3,000 of our team members trained in two years, and we aim to have half of our total gaming workforce trained in five years. This training programme is beneficial to both the company and to our team members, as it raises their professionalism and knowledge, and contributes towards Macau’s growth as a world centre of tourism and leisure.”

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