The coronavirus pandemic and the resulted economic slump came as a severe blow to different industries in Macau. To support local employment, the Macau SAR government commenced the DSAL Skills Upgrading and Employment Training Program series (Sponsored Training Program) in March to help locals to acquire new skills that can facilitate job hunting. MGM lent its full support to the Sponsored Training Program, offering mentorship and experiential learning to participants of four culinary courses. The effort is expected to help local residents acquire vocational skills and equip them for opportunities that may arise after the economy rebounds from the pandemic.
The second phase of DSAL Sponsored Training Program started in May. Classes in catering and hospitality were offered for the first time, with MGM assisting in the coaching of courses in Chinese cuisine, Western cuisine, Chinese Dim Sum and Pastry & Bakery. Drawing a total of 120 participants, the culinary courses placed emphasis on both theory and practice. After gaining an understanding of major food ingredients, food processing, cooking skills as well as occupational and food safety at DSAL, participants were provided with an opportunity for experiential learning at MGM, where four local master chefs from the Company’s banquet team, pastry team and Dim Sum team explained the kitchen operations, demonstrated culinary expertise and shared their experience. Participants were also given a back-of-house tour to staff facilities along with Pastry Kitchen, Central Kitchen, Employee Dining Room Kitchen and Production Kitchen, to gain insights on the latest facilities and food standard adhered by an integrated resort hotel.
Participants of the culinary courses came mainly from transportation, tourism and convention & exhibition industries. Although very few of them had engaged in the culinary field, MGM believed that the comprehensive courses, would allow them to acquire basic knowledge of the industry and increase their chance of getting a new job. With its dedication to the Sponsored Training Program, MGM helps to uphold the government’s initiative to ensure the priority of locals in employment and help foster local workforce diversity.
Wendy Yu, Executive Vice President of Human Resources of MGM, said, “As a local enterprise devoted to talent development, we are pleased to commit our resources to enhance the occupational skills and employment opportunities for locals in order to give back to society. While the Sponsored Training Program also offers employment referral, MGM can acquire suitable candidates who want to join the hotel and catering industry through this program, and as a result, helping the unemployed to re-enter the workforce."
MGM is an abbreviation for MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) and is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and MGM COTAI, a contemporary luxury integrated resort in Cotai, which opened in early 2018 and more than doubles our presence in Macau.
MGM MACAU is a Forbes Five-Star luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style. MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling. MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include the MGM Art Space, dedicating over 5,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, spa, and seven signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central.
MGM COTAI is the latest integrated resort of MGM in China. Designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, it offers approximately 1,400 hotel rooms and suites, Asia’s first dynamic theater, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience. The Spectacle at MGM COTAI becomes the record holder of the largest free-span gridshell glazed roof (self-supporting) on January 19, 2019, making it the first architectural and structural GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Macau, China. MGM COTAI is being developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. MGM COTAI is the largest property and the first mega-size complex project in Macau to achieve the China Green Building Design Label Three-Star Certification.
MGM China Holdings Limited is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage.
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