MGM Resorts International has teamed-up with Grant a Gift Autism Foundation-Ackerman Center on a $1m on a vocational job placement program.
Under the terms of the initiative, the company will provide a vocational job placement program, training and MGM employment opportunities to individuals with autism. A $1m pledge is to be made as part of a five year expansion effort.
“National data shows that most autistic adults are unemployed or underemployed and experience substantial challenges to attaining competitive employment opportunities,” a media release issued by the casino and entertainment operator said.
“The program helps ensure that teens and adults with autism are provided the support necessary to gain meaningful employment.”
As part of the partnership, GGAF will provide clients with a 12-week vocational readiness training program, where it is hoped that they will learn “pivotal vocational skills and have access to parent empowerment training and other family services”.
After completion, those concerned will have the opportunity to apply for open MGM Resorts positions that meet specific requirements for the program.
Upon employment, these new employees will have the opportunity to seek on-site coaching through GGAF to ensure a full understanding of their new role above and beyond traditional, employee on-boarding.
“As the largest private employer in Nevada, we have a responsibility to contribute to social and economic progress of our community, including creating pathways to employment,” noted Bill Hornbuckle, CEO of MGM Resorts.
“Our vision for embracing humanity aligns with the incredible work of GGAF as they work to improve the lives of adults with autism in Southern Nevada.”
In late July, the MGM Resorts’ talent acquisition team held its first hiring event at the GGAF Ackerman Center, which extended employment offers to the first group of employees as part of the new program.
MGM Resorts has been a continuous partner of GGAF, providing cash contributions, volunteers and job placement support, including a $140,000 corporate grant in June 2022.