Galvin Restaurants is the first business to adopt the new City & Guilds Global Certification for Hospitality.

Chef-directors Chris and Jeff Galvin have been involved in designing the first of its kind award.

The scheme allows industry staff to obtain electronic certificates designed to recognise skills developed on the job, providing a ‘digital footprint’ into their career.

Starting from May, it is open to employees of all levels in the hospitality industry. Casual staff can gain a badge for experience in hospitality operations, and earn additional badges if they move on to permanent chef or management roles.

For the first year, City & Guilds will be focusing on embedding the certification with leading international, high quality brands.

Chris Galvin said: “Our industry faces two major problems. The first is that there simply aren’t enough people - not enough to fill the vacancies. The second is that too few people at all levels, from school leavers to university graduates to mature workers see Hospitality as a career they want to pursue.

“There is a perception that it is a low-grade sector but in fact the reverse is true. We are a young people’s industry and progress in a career can be both rapid and lucrative.”

City & Guilds’ Jeremy Dahdi, Executive Director for International and Digital Credentialing, predicted acceptance and take-up of the Global Certificate to be rapid.

He said: “We have used the latest technology available to generate young, funky and data rich electronic certificates in the form of digital badges. There are huge advantages for both those wanting to work in the industry and employers looking for skilled staff with the right attitude.

“Instead of having paper certificates, individuals can now provide a digital footprint of their career against standards which have been co-designed with leading employers. We’ve worked closely with Chris and Jeff Galvin to make sure that the framework is realistic and easy for any hotel, bar or restaurant to adopt. We know that all leading hotels and restaurants have their “bibles” – you might call it the ‘Galvin Way’ of doing things for example. Our Global Certification meshes seamlessly with these individual operations manuals.”