What you need to know
- It is anticipated that over 30,000 individuals will need to be considered for employment in order to fill the 10,000 needed positions projected.
- MassGaming has partnered with the state’s community colleges to build Workforce Development through the establishment of the Massachusetts Casino Careers Training Institute.
- When operational, resort-casinos estimate spending $170 million on vendor contracts annually.
- Vendors must be registered or licensed with the Commission before conducting business with a casino.
Workforce Development and Diversity
Casino developers are required by statute to implement a workforce development plan that utilizes the Commonwealth’s existing labor force, as well as, develop programs that serve the unemployed to make employment at with a gaming establishment accessible (M.G.L. c. 23K, § 18(4)).
To fulfill one of the Expanded Gaming Act’s primary objectives, MassGaming has also established workforce development programs through strong partnerships and strategic collaborations to maximize economic development and job creation. MassGaming has already begun this effort to ensure that Massachusetts residents are prepared to meet the employment demands that the arrival of expanded gaming is expected to provide.
Massachusetts Casino Careers Training Institute
In preparation for the arrival of expanded gaming, MassGaming has entered into an agreement to partner with the state’s community colleges to create and implement a statewide workforce training program known as the Massachusetts Casino Careers Training Institute. It is estimated that over 30,000 individuals will need to be considered for employment in order to fill the 10,000 needed positions projected. MassGaming looks forward to an ongoing collaboration with the state’s community colleges to work together to deliver on the legislation’s intent to establish a highly-skilled and diverse workforce for the state’s new casino industry.
MassGaming understands the importance of encouraging our licensees to create and maintain partnerships with state agencies, Workforce Investment Boards/Regional Employment Boards (WIB/REB) and a collaboration of workforce system stakeholders, including but not limited to the one-stop career centers, community based organizations, organized labor, and other public and private educational entities. MassGaming’s creation of the Access and Opportunity Committee, a group created to ensure a successfully inclusive construction workforce and show the commission’s ongoing effort to create partnerships needed to building a strong workforce.
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Plainridge Park Casino
MGM Springfield Employment
Wynn Boston Harbor Employment
Being committed to creating opportunities for strong, local, and diverse vendor partnerships with casinos was what the Legislature had in mind when it passed the Expanded Gaming Act. Casino developers are required by statute to submit strategic plans for utilizing minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned businesses to participate as contractors in all stages of building their gaming establishments – that’s planning, construction, and operation. Additionally, each casino awarded a gaming license has made agreements to promote local businesses in host and surrounding communities, including developing cross-marketing strategies with local restaurants, small businesses, hotels, retail outlets and impacted live entertainment venues (M.G.L. c. 23K, § 18(2)).
Acknowledging casino gaming is a new industry to the Commonwealth, the commission launched the MassGaming Vendor Advisory Group which focuses on finding ways to support the preparation of small business owners across the state to become capable and qualified suppliers and vendors to the casino industry in Massachusetts. The Vendor Advisory Group brings together 10 state agencies and more than a dozen economic development organizations to coordinate support, communicate opportunities to small businesses, and provide information to casino licensees throughout the commonwealth.
To conduct business with a gaming establishment, vendors must be licensed or registered by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Businesses apply for a vendor gaming primary license or non-gaming vendor registration depending on the type of service(s) your business would provide to a casino.
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