Offering young people the chance to enter an industry that has proven to be – at least for online operators – both pandemic and recession-proof, the Betting and Gaming Council has pledged to provide 5,000 apprenticeships by 2025.
The Betting and Gaming Council has announced its plan to boost the UK’s post-COVID economic recovery by investing in apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people.
The BGC and its members have pledged to launch 5,000 apprenticeships for young people looking to work in the betting and gaming industry between now and 2025. The industry trade body aims to support the UK government’s Plan for Jobs via the initiative, with regulated operators also signing up for the Kick Start scheme to provide job opportunities for 16 to 24-year-olds currently receiving universal credit. Additionally, members intend to launch a graduate recruitment scheme for those just leaving university.
“As the UK emerges from the pandemic, creating more good jobs and training for young people will be more important than ever before,” said Michael Dugher, chief executive of the BGC.
“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.
“BGC members alone already support nearly 120,000 jobs in world-leading tech through online gaming and bingo, in hospitality, tourism and entertainment through casinos, and across our hard-pressed high street jobs through modern betting shops. Our industry stands ready to play a key part in the national recovery.”
Dugher further detailed the BGC’s pledge to offer a further 5,000 apprenticeships between now and 2025, which he said will give young people the crucial opportunities needed to take their first step on the career ladder.
“Young people have been hardest hit by the pandemic – this pledge is an important step in enabling them to be a part of the wider recovery,” he concluded. “The future remains highly uncertain and the impact of the pandemic will be felt for a long time to come. Betting and Gaming Council members are ready to play their part by giving young people – our country’s future – the skills and opportunities they need to thrive.”