Sometimes big things come in small packages.
Take the Essential Skills in the Gaming Industry website, for instance. In addition to its containing a wealth of information about the industry itself and responsible gaming, resources galore are new and available to assist individuals with boosting their skill levels beyond the core competencies required for employment positions.
Consider: Casino document use, casino math, casino oral communications, casino reading skills, casino skills for working with others, casino thinking skills and casino writing skills. New resources on these subjects are available on the site and in the NALD library at http://library.nald.ca/browse/series?name=Essential+Skills+for+the+Gaming+Industry.
The document series is the by-product of a two-year project involving the Canadian Gaming Centre of Excellence (CGCE), a subsidiary of the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation. While the project focused on meeting the training needs of Aboriginal and new Canadians, the resulting materials are very relevant for new and prospective employees of the gaming industry.
CGCE was created in 2004 to address the limited educational opportunities for Canadian gaming professionals with the idea of developing expertise in gaming education for the industry. Titled Developing Essential Skills for the Gaming/Casino in Canada, the project has focused on the development of support mechanisms through training programs, handbooks and teacher guides for the seven essential skills mentioned above.
The Essential Skills for the Gaming Industry website is a comprehensive learning map that guides users in the right direction for their needs. It allows users, at the click of a button, to identify different areas or departments within the casino environment, actual positions available in those areas and the essential skill requirements for each position. Beyond that, there is also a listing of casinos in operation across Canada.