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FOOD & BEVERAGE | Staff Reporter, Singapore

University degrees cooked up for F&B workers

This is the first time F&B Workforce Skills Qualifications programmes are being articulated into university degrees.

Workers in the Food & Beverage sector in Singapore can now pursue degrees in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts and food service management and F&B management after they have completed their Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Diplomas in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry with At-Sunrice. The degrees will be conferred by the Johnson and Wales University – renowned for its F&B programmes. Trainees who have completed either one of the F&B WSQ Diplomas will receive credit exemptions for year two and can proceed directly to year three of the four year degree programme.

With the degree, these trainees are expected to have better career advancement opportunities and career options within the F&B sector. At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy and the Johnson and Wales University both signed an agreement to articulate F&B WSQ Diplomas into university degrees during the National CET Institute’s annual graduation ceremony.

Under the articulation programme, trainees after completing the WSQ Diploma programmes would be able to go on to take up any of the following F&B degrees offered by the Johnson and Wales University:
• Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts & Food Service Management
• Bachelor of Science in Baking & Pastry Arts & Food Service Management
• Bachelor of Science in Restaurant, Food and Beverage Management

Launched in 2006, the F&B WSQ framework was developed to raise culinary and F&B service standards through training and talent development as well as provide the sector with clear progression pathways to make F&B careers more attractive to Singaporeans. Close to 120,000 individuals and more than 3,000 companies have adopted the WSQ system.

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