Horseshoe Casino launches jobs program in Baltimore
Jeff Hager , WMAR Staff
1:08 PM, Jan 28, 2014
7:24 PM, Jan 28, 2014
Driving south on Russell Street, you can't miss the concrete and girders that are growing by the day into Baltimore's first casino.
"I've never seen anything like it. You're waiting at the light and a new floor goes up," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake who supported the casino to bring jobs to the area---1,700 of them, and now she wants to make sure Baltimoreans fill those jobs, "We want to give our Baltimore City residents an edge when we're creating these kinds of opportunities. I know that's what the council president wants. I know that's what I want and we're going to work to make sure we give that edge to our residents."
Horseshoe Casino pledged to send recruiters into each of the city's 14 districts in an attempt to hire locally.
"As Charm City's casino, it's imperative that we have proud Baltimore residents that represent our casino," said General Manager Chad Barnhill, "We're going to leave no stone unturned. We're going to go out to these neighborhoods. We're going to meet residents. We're going to personally communicate with them about the opportunities at hand."
The casino plans to hold a series of two-day, six-hour training sessions for potential applicants to prepare them for what's required to land one of those jobs, and it appears there's no time to waste.
Given the chance to sign up on the casino's website at www.horseshoebaltimore.com, 12,000 have already done so.
The next training session will be held at the Northwest Career Center from 9am to noon on February 6th and 7th.
About 1,700 jobs are expected to be created in Baltimore as part of the opening later this year for the $442 million Horseshoe Casino entertainment complex.
City and casino officials announced Tuesday the details of a hiring program – which begins next month – for the complex.
Working in conjunction with the city, Horseshoe Baltimore will conduct city-wide outreach to educate residents about available positions, job qualifications and the application process. Everything from a neighborhood canvassing to social media campaigns are expected to be utilized in the campaign.
"The Horseshoe Casino will serve as an economic engine, driving new jobs, tax revenues, and increased development," said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in a statement. "From the beginning, Horseshoe has been committed to promoting local hiring and working with MOED to provide Baltimore City residents with information and access to the 1,700 jobs that will be created upon opening.
"The strong public-private partnership between the City and Horseshoe has resulted in a comprehensive recruitment strategy that couldn't have come at a better time, as many families are struggling to find job opportunities."
Chad Barnhill, Horseshoe Baltimore senior vice president and general manager, said his group will "leave no stone unturned" when searching for job candidates.
"We're going to be out in the city's neighborhoods, meeting residents and informing them about how they can apply for positions that match their skills," said Barnhill in a statement. "Using a mix of modern technology and old-fashioned grass roots tactics, we intend to recruit a Horseshoe workforce that represents the very best that the City of Baltimore has to offer."
According to a news release from the city, job seekers can also enroll in Horseshoe Baltimore's Legendary Candidates Academy, a series of two-day, six-hour training sessions, which will provide in-depth information about the requirements for various positions, outline the pre-employment process, underscore Horseshoe Baltimore's emphasis on exceptional customer service and prepare candidates for position-specific interviews.
Horseshoe Baltimore will host a series of large-scale hiring events at the Baltimore Convention Center ( March 7 – 9), Hyatt Regency Baltimore ( May 3 – 5) and M&T Bank Stadium ( May 19 – 21). All applications must be submitted online.