Today marks the first time chefs around the world will be able to earn global professional certification without even having to leave the kitchen.
WORLDCHEFS joined forces with the City & Guilds Group to create a brand new online service for the recognition of chefs’ professional development, helping to raise global standards across the industry.
Anywhere, at any time, chefs can earn these professional certifications, through Open Badges, by demonstrating all of the skills, experience and knowledge they have gained while working ‘hands-on’ in the industry.
Best of all, this innovative digital tool enables achievements to be shared with employers and peers online, literally serving up a world of new opportunities to chefs internationally. It also offers a new way for employers to recruit staff and it assists with career development.
Participants can progress through nine certification levels in job roles that range from professional cook to master chef, master pastry chef and culinary educator. The certification is quality assured by City & Guilds and is available to any individual, employer or training institution.
Thomas A. Gugler, President of WORLDCHEFS, said: “We are incredibly proud of the work we have done with the City & Guilds Group. The industry has been crying out for global standards which reflects the highly mobile nature of the workforce. There are millions of highly talented chefs and cooks around the globe who cannot afford to take time out from their busy jobs, but still want demonstrate the wealth of experience they have gained over the years. We also wanted to recognise the fantastic work done by culinary educators who nurture and inspire the future generation of the chefs.
“Our main aim is to have global equal opportunities and career aspects which enable chefs to work all around the world with a reputed recognition, certification and with pride.”
Kirstie Donnelly, Managing Director, City & Guilds said: “As people’s palettes grow ever more adventurous, seeking out new and undiscovered cuisines, chefs from all corners of the globe are increasingly demand in countries other than their own.
“Having internationally recognised standards that can be accessed and earned online and then recognised online across the world make the transition to a new global workforce seamless – allowing individuals to demonstrate their skills more easily and ensuring that employers are much more easily able to find and validate the high quality workforces they require.
“WORLDCHEFS online offer has been well received by governments around the world and applauded by the industry and we are really excited to be launching it today, forging the way for the new global workforces of tomorrow.”
If you would like to find out more about how to earn a WORLDCHEFS global certification please visit www.worldchefs.org/certification.