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Certification Adapts to Help Unemployed Chefs and Hospitality Professionals

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19th October 2020

PARIS, 19th of October 2020 – Certification Adapts to Help Unemployed Chefs and Hospitality Professionals 

Worldchefs and City & Guilds have announced the latest development to Global Certification which enables chefs and hospitality professionals who became unemployed due to COVID-19 to have their skills certified.

The move will help thousands of individuals around the world to get recognition for their professional experience and make it easier for them to look for their next job with confidence. People who work in hospitality do most of their development on the job and many of them don’t have a qualification or certification to prove the skills and experience they have gained while working in the industry.

The Global Certification, developed by City & Guilds and Worldchefs, is the first and only global certification for the hospitality industry which certifies job role competency to an international standard.

From now on, those who have lost their job during the pandemic can apply for certification. Successful candidates will receive a digital badge which they can showcase to the world, including employers. Digital badges are the latest trends in skills training, a modern way to communicate achievements instantly, online. Each badge is like a digital passport, bringing together the details around skills in a secure format; making it easy and safe to share on social media or in an online CV.

Jeremy Dahdi, Executive Director of Digital Credentials at City & Guilds, says “We were very keen to find a way to help those impacted by COVID-19 in the hospitality industry find their next job. Skills are the currency of the 21st century and getting certified is one of the most powerful ways for individuals to stand out from the crowd, especially during the current climate when a huge number of jobs are being lost in the hospitality sector around the world.”

Thomas Gugler, President of Worldchefs, says “As the global association for the culinary industry, it is our responsibility to give chefs around the world any help we can during these incredibly difficult times. Many employers have to let talented staff go because of the immediate impact of the pandemic and it is crucial that those individuals have the option to make their skills and experience visible to employers who are currently recruiting.”

Certification is available for a wide range of culinary and hospitality jobs, from entry to senior level posts. Individuals can apply anywhere in the world. Those who apply as unemployed will need to be able to get in touch with their last employer to get a confirmation of their employment and job role competency.

To find out more about the badges you can earn with Global Hospitality Certification, click here.

For more information, visit or download our FAQs. Check out our Webinar: Certification 101 for a visual step-by-step guide

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About City & Guilds Group

Our vision is for a world in which everyone has the skills and opportunities to succeed. We support five million people each year to develop skills that help them into a job, develop on that job and to prepare for their next job. As a charity, we’re proud that everything we do is focused on achieving this purpose.

Through our assessment and credentialing, corporate learning and technical training offers, we partner with our customers to deliver work-based learning programmes that build competency to support better prospects for people, organisations and wider society. We create flexible learning pathways that support lifelong employability, because we believe that people deserve the opportunity to (re)train and (re)learn again and again – gaining new skills at every stage of life, regardless of where they start.

Our foundation activities amplify our purpose by helping to remove barriers to getting into a job, celebrating best practice on the job, and advocating for jobs of the future.

Our brands are:

– Assessment and credentialing: City & Guilds, ILM

– Corporate learning: Kineo, The Oxford Group

– Technical training: Gen2, Intertrain

For more information about the City & Guilds Group visit:

Twitter: @CityGuildsGroup


About Worldchefs

The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, or Worldchefs for short, is a non-political professional organisation, dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines. It was founded in 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris with the venerable August Escoffier as first Honorary President.

We are a dynamic global network of more than 100 chefs’ associations representing chefs at all levels and across all specialties worldwide.

We accomplish our goals through education, training and professional development of our international membership. As an authority and opinion leader on food, Worldchefs represents a global voice on all issues related to the culinary profession.

We create impact through four core focus areas:

Education – includes our landmark Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program and the world’s first global culinary certification;

Networking – Worldchefs provides a gateway to global culinary networking opportunities and hosts the landmark biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

Competition – Worldchefs upholds a list of certified judges, sets global standards for competition rules, and runs the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge;

Humanitarian & Sustainability – our Feed the Planet and World Chefs Without Borders programs relieve food poverty, deliver crisis support, and promote sustainability across the globe


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