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March 6, 2009

Marina Bay Sands starts hiring 4,500 to run casino operations

The Marina Bay Sands integrated resort in Singapore is now recruiting for its casino operations. In this second phase of recruitment, it is looking to hire about 4,500 people, to be dealers, pit supervisors, gaming table technicians and surveillance personnel.

As construction of the Marina Bay Sands gets underway, the company behind the $5.4 billion integrated resort is also stepping up its hiring before its opening at the end of the year, reported Channel News Asia. It has just completed a recruitment drive for hospitality staff.

As the gaming industry is still very new to Singapore, in-house training will be provided. Part-time positions will also be offered. Applicants need not have experience, but they need to possess the right attitude.

Nigel Roberts, president, Marina Bay Sands, said: "We want individuals who have a suitable approach to how they deal with people, customers.

"We're going to be creating a simulated casino and we shall be giving about 11 to 13 weeks of training to people who are interested in being part of that division."

Marina Bay Sands said the objective is to hire as many Singaporeans as possible. That is what the labour movement, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), and the government's Workforce Development Agency are focusing on.

NTUC is helping the company screen and train interested jobseekers. The training programmes come under the national skills programme, SPUR.

Roberts said: "I think it helps us all. It makes everything smoother, more efficient and as I said, at the end of the day, the objective is to hire Singaporeans - Singapore jobs for Singaporeans. And I think we all clearly have that ambition in mind."

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