Some 35 new employees have now embarked on one of three, six-week ‘Casino School’ courses in the city prior to the VIP opening of the super casino early next year.
New casino employees enrolled onto the National Gaming Academy courses – which are being run by staff from Blackpool and The Fylde College and taking place opposite the new Victoria Gate Casino – will finish with a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Gambling Operations.
The intensive, 180-hour course covers three main games: roulette, blackjack, and poker, as well as gambling legislation, social responsibility, customer service, health and safety, and odds-based mathematics.
Patrick Noakes, venue director at Victoria Gate Casino, said: “We are building a best-of-class venue that covers not just gaming, but dining and entertainment, big game sports action as well as corporate hospitality.
“As such, we want to build the leading leisure team in the city and give them the very best training – they are learning a real craft, so wherever possible we want to back that up with a professional qualification.
“The demand for career information in the last few months has been incredible both from people in existing hospitality and gaming roles, to those in education and those not currently on the employment ladder.
“We are selecting carefully to secure an enthusiastic and diverse group of colleagues who will give a warm Leeds welcome to our customers and provide a superior level of service.”