• Cyril McAree

Your Future. Your Skills. Launch of Global Certification for the Irish Hospitality Industry.

Your Future. Your Skills, launching this week, is an innovative initiative with the purpose of recognising the skills and experience of those employed and recently unemployed in the Irish Hospitality Industry.

Your Future. Your Skills is a collaborative project between lead partner Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board and Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETB, Kilkenny and Carlow ETB and City and Guilds. The Global Certification allows those working in hospitality to gain a professional recognition for their skills and experience against an international benchmark, in the form of a digital badge. Digital Badges are the latest technology in skills certification, they provide a secure way to showcase achievements online, through a single click. The Global Certification is fully funded by Solas. There is no cost to the applicant. Eileen Cullen, Area Training Manager for KWETB says ‘We recognise that the Hospitality sector has been significantly hit by the Covid-19 global health crisis. This sector is a pillar of the Irish economy. We would like to support, the people who make up this important sector, enabling them to achieve a certification of the skills they have worked hard to achieve’ Ireland is the first country to offer a nationwide industry-based recognition of prior learning approach for our hospitality sector and is being closely followed by the global hospitality community. The benefits offered by Global Certification for the Irish Hospitality Industry include making employee skills visible to both current and prospective employers affording successful candidate’s opportunities to compete for jobs or career promotion. Employers can use the badges as part of their recruitment and also create a snapshot of skills within their business to identify progression opportunities and development needs for existing staff To apply simply visit www.yourfutureyourskills.ie, choose the digital badge you would like to apply for and we will guide you through the rest. Your Future. Your Skills is supported by Fáilte Ireland and the Irish Hotels Federation.

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