Sands China is offering its casino staff a chance to work in the non-gaming side of the company’s integrated resorts. But there’s one condition: the employees need to have a Macau ID.
The casino operator announced recently that the “first 1,000 team members” who will join the program will be trained to work in one of the company’s non-gaming sectors, which include food and beverage, security, business development, wardrobe, guest relations, housekeeping and facilities, GGRAsia reported.
According to the news outlet, which quoted a Sands China press release, the voluntary career development program is the first of its kind in the city state “to be implemented at such a large scale.”
Sands China joins other casino operators in offering internal transfer programs to open more opportunities for local workers, following the rules set by the government of Macau. The city state government has a policy of reserving casino jobs for workers who hold permanent IDs.
To date, an estimated 1,200 casino staffs have already expressed interest in joining the opportunity that will give them a “horizontal career mobility to non-gaming departments,” the company said. According to Sands China’s preliminary 2015 annual results, the company has close to 27,000 employees, including gaming and non-gaming staff.
The employees will take their new positions at casino operator’s Macau properties, including the Parisian Macau, which is scheduled to open in the summer. They will get a chance to stay in their new roles for two years, with a possible one-year extension, but the employees also have “the option to return to their original positions with 30-days’ notice.”
After the program, the employees can choose whether they want to continue working in their new roles or return to their original positions, the casino operator said.
Late last year, the casino operator also had more than 40 of its casino dealers—also Macau ID holders—to spend 12 months working on the casino floors of the Marina Bay Sands resort, which was developed and operated by Sands China’s parent company, Las Vegas Sands Corp.