Marina Bay Sands introduces two-day "learning leave"

The leave entitlement is available to all full-time staff.

Singapore casino and resort Marina Bay Sands has implemented a two-day “learning leave” incentive for its over 9,700-strong workforce to enrol in SkillsFuture courses.

Believed to be the first such initiative in the hospitality industry, the two-day learning leave allows all full-time staff to take paid leave to attend courses related to language and communication, service excellence, and information technology.

The learning leave, said Chan Yit Foon, Senior Vice President of HR, is in line with the organisation’s continuous investment in training and developing its diverse workforce, which spans from housekeepers and chefs, to meeting planners and museum docents.

Over the last five years, the self-dubbed integrated resort has spent close to S$12.2 million on various training initiatives, ranging from learning sponsorships and e-learning courses, to internal certification programmes such as an in-house wine programme accredited by WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust). This is equivalent to over 3.69 million hours of training across over 150 courses.

“Marina Bay Sands is focused on building a robust pipeline of talent, from new hires to managerial and leadership roles. Empowering our staff through training and skills development is key to their long-term progression within the company. We will continue to look at innovative ways of developing our staff that will allow them to adapt to the evolving needs of our dynamic and fast-paced industry,” said Chan.

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