|Gambling, both online and off, is edging towards respectability in the UK, with the proposed liberalization of the gambling laws attracting the attention of casino giants from Las Vegas. And to supply the recruitment needs of what is assumed will be a burgeoning gambling industry, there is now a diploma in gambling – from the house’s side of the table, of course. |
And that is where this week's featured course comes in. The University of Salford offers what it says is the only post- grad course specifically aimed at the gambling industry in Europe. With bigger casinos and an overall expansion in gambling in the UK, the rationale is that there will be increased demand for management. (As a one-time office monkey, I can testify that I have never encountered a desire for more management from my peers.)
Until September last year, Salford had a part-time course for people already employed and licensed by the gambling industry. Now it is now open to anyone, with recent graduates encouraged to apply.
'The gambling industry is about to experience the most almighty shake-up - for the first time big prize slot machines will be allowed in the UK, and the whole industry is going to come out into the mainstream. Online gambling is also set to explode, and most industry observers suggest that the power will be concentrated among fewer, larger organisations who will be looking to introduce new management regimes,' said Salford department director Peter Collins.
Collins said the 60 credit course lasts two semesters and covers all aspects of management in the gambling industry. Outside of the four days of attendance, students will be in contact with tutors by phone or email.
'In some ways it is quite similar to an MBA in content, but with a heavy bias to managing in the gambling industry. Students will leave with a thorough knowledge of the licensing system, a strong knowledge of financial reporting, good business strategy skills plus human resources and man management techniques,' Collins added.