The UK’s single industry body for betting and gaming has vowed to create 5,000 new apprenticeships by 2025 with the help of its members.
Some 5,000 Apprenticeships in Gambling by 2025
The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has vowed to support young people who are looking for work by creating thousands of job opportunities, apprenticeships and other employment options in the pandemic-impacted economy.
The BGC and its members, representing some of the biggest companies in gambling with over 119,000 jobs in the industry, will seek to employ as many as 5,000 people in apprenticeship positions and help people get hands-on experience and vocational training.
Members of the BGC will be able to join the Kick Start scheme, in turn allowing anyone aged between 16 and 24 on Universal Credit to sign up. BGC members are also keen on introducing fresh graduates to a real working environment with their operations.
This reflects FSB’s commitment to hiring more diverse employees through Rubik Academy, an initiative that has already shortlisted four candidates who will take on various apprenticeship roles. BGC’s plan largely reflects established government-backed campaigns that are looking to get more young people involved in the economy.
Commenting on this initiative, BGC CEO Michael Dugher pointed out that the UK is emerging from the pandemic, and now the focus must lie on creating more jobs and training for young people.
“The Government’s own Plan for Jobs is a fantastic opportunity to create more apprenticeships and traineeships, tackle unemployment, increase productivity plus support British business overseas through Global Britain,” Dugher added.
The 5,000 job positions Dugher mentions will be created between 2021 and 2025, offering “crucial opportunities for young people to take their first step on the career ladder.” The UK is still recovering from the widespread shutdown of casinos and betting shops that saw thousands of people within the industry furloughed. “As the UK emerges from the pandemic, creating more good jobs and training for young people will be more important than ever before,” he asserts.