Date
24 January 2017
Dealers are not warming to redeployment plans, fearing loss of security that their specialized jobs can offer. Photo: HKEJ
Dealers are not warming to redeployment plans, fearing loss of security that their specialized jobs can offer. Photo: HKEJ

Sands China to train croupiers for other jobs

Sands China Ltd. (01928.HK) is offering a vocational training program for croupiers to help them find other jobs amid Macau’s sputtering gaming sector, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Friday.

The six-month program will train them for positions in the group’s hotels and resorts business.

These include front desk, housekeeping, retail, catering, banquet, concierge and amenities management.

Fifteen sessions will be offered this weekend for eligible employees.

Dealers will be allowed to take eight-hour half shifts and will not be required to work overnight to enable them to take part in the program.

However, there have been few takers.

Unlike croupier jobs which are limited to certain people, hotel positions are open and subject to fierce competition, especially from imported workers.

Prospective trainees said they fear the loss of security that their specialized jobs can offer.

Analysts said Macau casinos are overstaffed, especially with dealers, forcing them to redeploy excess personnel.

Translation by Vey Wong

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