City and Guilds to train Chinese workers for 2008 Olympic Games

Occupational skills standards and certification body City and Guilds (C&G) will help train Chinese workers for next year’s Olympic Games in Beijing.

It has struck a deal with China’s Occupational Skills Testing Authority to help train 70,000 vocational workers in China over the next two years. This will enable students in China to take some of C&G’s International Vocational Qualifications in Chinese.

These include tourism, telecom systems, hospitality and catering. According to C&G, there is a shortage of qualified staff who can work at the Olympics and the World Expo, which is also being held in China next year.

C&G set up in China 10 years ago and has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The 150-year-old body offers more than 500 qualifications in the UK. It said more than 20 million people in the UK hold one or more of its qualifications.

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