As part of the UK’s post-pandemic economic recovery, the Betting and Gaming Council aims to invest in apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people.
Between now and 2025, the BGC and its members have pledged to create 5,000 apprenticeships for young individuals interested in working in the British betting and gaming business.
Michael Dugher, chief executive of the BGC said: “As the UK emerges from the pandemic, creating more good jobs and training for young people will be more important than ever before.
“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.”
UK government’s Plan for Jobs
The BGC intends to use the initiative to promote the UK government’s Plan for Jobs, with licenced operators also joining up for the Kick Start project, which provides job possibilities for 16 to 24-year-olds on universal credit.
Members of the trade standards group also plan to create a graduate recruitment programme for those who have recently graduated from university.
In its statement, the organisation reiterated the findings of a report released earlier this year by Ernst and Young, which found that in 2019, UK betting operators generated £4.5 billion in tax and contributed £7.7 billion in gross value added to the British economy, directly employing 61,000 people and indirectly employing 58,000 through their supply chain.
Dugher went on to say more about the BGC’s new apprenticeship plan. “Between now and 2025, we pledge to offer a further 5,000 apprenticeships – crucial opportunities for young people to take their first step on the career ladder,” he said.
“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.
“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.”