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Melco's special internship scheme continues to nurture young local talent
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Melco's special internship scheme continues to nurture young local talent



With employees being Melco Resorts & Entertainment’s most valued and important asset, the company supports colleagues with various training and talent nurturing opportunities for professional and personal growth – which also contributes to the sustainable and diversified development of Macau.

Whole Person Development is a key pillar of the company’s corporate social responsibility strategy, which enables opportunities to augment skills, experience and knowledge to build career paths. This is supported by Melco’s robust internal career opportunity framework boasting over 27,800 global internal promotions and transfers since the company’s inception.

Objectives of the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL)’s Special Internship scheme for local students with special needs are also closely aligned with Melco’s commitment to local talent development, and the company continues to support the scheme this year for the eighth consecutive year.

Between 2013 to 2019, more than 50% of student interns recruited through work experience initiatives and referred by DSAL went on to become full-time employees after graduation, with almost half of these colleagues staying on at Melco for three years or longer.

Akiko Takahashi, executive vice president and chief of staff to Melco’s chairman & CEO, said, “We are delighted that Melco is recognised by the HR Distinction Awards 2020 for our initiative to offer opportunities to special needs students. Our experience has indicated that performance is highly rated consistently by the supervisors in addition to their commitment and attitude.”

She added, “Notably, one colleague received recognition from DSAL – achieving the 7th Special Disabled Employee Award 2016. We are thrilled to have a high percentage of the scheme’s participants continue working with us, proving their loyalty.”

Chan Un Tong, acting director of the Labour Affairs Bureau of Macau SAR said, “We are grateful for the continued support of local companies such as Melco Resorts & Entertainment to contribute to the scheme’s objectives in helping local special needs students gain career experience for enhanced employment prospects. We encourage more companies to take part in the scheme to offer diversified talent develop opportunities to the young people of Macau.”

The scheme is designed to enable students with special needs to gain career experience for increased vocation competitiveness and employment opportunities. Internship participant-turned-Melco employee Ken Kuok, said, “This is my first job after graduation, and I am really grateful for the work opportunity recommended by DSAL and offered to myself by Melco.”

Ken’s supervisor, Candy Ip, manager of wardrobe & valet laundry of Studio City said, “Ken has been with us since 2014 as an athlete with good physical strength and an excellent fit for taking up the role of linen room attendant. I would encourage more employers and businesses to give people with disabilities a chance to contribute to society as this equates not only to a work placement, but a life-changing opportunity for the employee candidates.”

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