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Hospitality and Catering

Hospitality and Catering

Our international Hospitality and Catering qualifications

Our international Hospitality and Catering portfolio is one of the most comprehensive on the market, with qualifications across 4 main industries that can lead to over 15 key roles. We help learners from around the globe progress directly into hospitality and catering jobs, or into more senior positions within their industry.

We have designed these qualifications specifically to address the global demand for hospitality and catering staff:

  • The hospitality and catering sector is facing a global shortfall of 14 million jobs
  • The sector is a key driver of economic growth, representing 9.5% of global GDP
  • The hospitality and tourism sector must recruit a further 843,000 staff by 2020, including 143,000 new jobs



Our partnership with WORLDCHEFS

We have joined forces with the World Association of Chefs Societies (WORLDCHEFS) to develop the first global certification in the world for the culinary industry.

The certification recognises the skills and experience of chefs already in the industry. Using digital badges, chefs are able to give employers an instant indication of the level they are working at, making their skills more portable.

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What roles can our qualifications lead to?

Our Hospitality and Catering qualifications progress from Level 1 to Level 4. Graduates can use these as a foundation for more advanced qualifications, or take direct employment within the sector. The variety of international roles they go on to perform includes:

  • Accommodation manager
  • Barista
  • Bar manager
  • Executive chef
  • Executive housekeeper
  • Food and beverage manager
  • Front office manager
  • Front of house manager


  • Head chef
  • Head of department
  • Hospitality manager
  • Housekeeping manager
  • Kitchen manager
  • Reception manager
  • Restaurant manager

Why choose our qualifications?

Our long-standing experience as a skills provider to centres, governments, learners and employers means that we understand your specific needs.

Benefits for centres

Our qualifications are recognised globally

Providing City & Guilds qualifications means centres’ course material and assessment processes meet our strict quality benchmarks.   

We offer comprehensive support  

Centres offering our Hospitality and Catering qualifications can rely on our in-depth support, which covers processes, teaching and administrative tools, and direct training.  

We provide centres with course and assessment packs to help them focus on what they do best: delivering qualifications. 

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Assisting governments

We help governments improve national educational standards in Hospitality and Catering

We work with governments to embed our qualifications into national curricula. This helps establish uniform skills standards across the world.  

We help governments create a skilled workforce, boosting economic growth

Embedding our qualifications into national education systems helps governments to create a highly qualified workforce that benefits people, organisations and local economies.

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Benefits for employers

We help businesses by creating capable candidates  

Secure the skills you need to improve business performance by hiring City & Guilds qualified hospitality and catering staff.

Our candidates will fit your position  

City & Guilds hospitality and catering graduates have been rigorously tested on their knowledge and have skills tailored to specific positions. As our qualifications are internationally recognised, you can also recruit our graduates from abroad, confident that they will be suitable for sector-related vacancies.

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Global opportunities for learners

Our qualifications are recognised globally  

City & Guilds learners can benefit from their qualifications in over 40 countries, and our Hospitality and Catering qualifications are widely accepted as the benchmark for workplace excellence.   

This international recognition means that former City & Guilds learners are also able to apply for jobs abroad. The Europass Certificate Supplement that our hospitality and catering graduates receive provides an overview of their skillset, and can be helpful when seeking employment in other countries at a later date.  

Our qualifications are a path to jobs

Our Hospitality and Catering qualifications provide learners with the skills employers need, helping them progress directly into employment or into higher positions at work.  

We have worked with employers, universities and professional bodies to create a job-focused, current, innovative portfolio. Our qualifications are accepted by companies, higher education institutions and governments in many countries, giving our graduates the best chance of success.  

Our qualifications can lead to higher educational degrees   

We work with colleges and universities to help our hospitality and catering graduates progress directly into higher education courses.

Why are we different?

Our Hospitality and Catering qualifications stand out from the competition for several reasons:

  • Breadth and depth of qualifications
  • Quality assurance
  • Recognition
  • Support materials (including handbooks, logbooks, assessment packs and specialist advice videos) and SmartScreen (available free for international centres)
  • Experience – our qualifications are developed from 130 years of working in different international markets

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Hospitality and Catering industries covered by our international qualifications

Our Hospitality and Catering courses cover 4 main industries:

  • Hospitality
  • Professional cookery
  • Food and beverage
  • Barista

Within these industries, we cover subjects including hospitality, food preparation and culinary arts, food and beverage service, reception operations and services, accommodation operations and services, and barista skills.

Online resources

We have some great online resources to support your learning.

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Online teaching and learning that can help improve success rates.
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Learning Assistant

City & Guilds Learning Assistant is a market-leading e-portfolio system designed to enable your organisation to reach its full potential.

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Learn more about our Hospitality and Catering qualifications in our brochure

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We offer a broad range of courses across the entire hospitality and catering sector


Did you know?

Global hospitality: widespread growth in 2015 Growth in the travel and tourism industry is expected to increase by 3.9% in 2015. A wave of new hotels will open in 2015, and, overall, the industry now has a robust pipeline of approximately 1.3 million new guestrooms in place.* *PR Newswire news release issued by EYGM January 2015

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