City & Guilds Foundation

Our Mission:

Removing barriers to getting a job, celebrating best practice on the job, and advocating for jobs of the future.

Bursaries: funding for training

Supporting people who need it, to get the skills society needs.

At the City & Guilds Foundation, we are committed to supporting people who face barriers to developing skills and sustaining employment. The bursary programme is currently open for applications until midday Thursday 20 June 2024.

Neurodiversity Index 2024 Report

Championing and supporting Neurodiversity in the workplace

The second edition of our landmark report delves deeper into the evolving landscape of neurodiversity at work, offering more insights, comparative data and actionable recommendations for organisations committed to fostering an inclusive environment.

City & Guilds Impact Report 2023

 

Delivering Social Impact is Central to the Work We Do:

We are committed to measuring the impact we are making on people, organisations and wider society, and ensuring that we make more impact, on more people, who need it the most.

What We Offer

 

Supporting people who face barriers to developing skills and sustaining employment:

We seek to tackle these challenges and maximise our impact through the provision of Funding, Awards, Resources and Campaigning.

About Us

 

Innovate, Celebrate and Evaluate:

Each of the programmes we run act as a catalyst for us to make a difference to people, organisations and society through investing our surplus into helping everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, get opportunities to succeed.

Get Involved

 

Working with individuals, charities and employers:

The City & Guilds Foundation aims to innovate, celebrate and evaluate opportunities that make a real difference in people’s lives, supporting everyone to succeed, no matter who they are or where they come from.

City & Guilds Foundation logo

Removing barriers to getting a job, celebrating best practice on the job, and advocating for jobs of the future.

With a focus on high-impact social investment, recognition and advocacy programmes, the City & Guilds Foundation aims to innovate, celebrate and evaluate opportunities that make a real difference in people’s lives, supporting everyone to succeed, no matter who they are or where they come from. The Foundation is a catalyst for providing opportunities in skills and work, delivering against our purpose and amplifying what we do across the wider City & Guilds organisation.

8000+

individuals directly supported since 2017

Individuals

We are dedicated to providing support to people facing barriers or disadvantage, allowing individuals to develop their skills for life and work regardless of their background.
250+

partner organisations in our networks

Charities

We provide financial backing for charities supporting people on the ground day in and day out, and through our networks, we help charities who support people to find the relevant skills provision.
450+

organisations championing best practice

Employers

We work with many diverse organisations, generating industry relationships, bringing together networks, providing funding, celebrating best practice and inspiring change.

What we offer

Supporting people who face barriers to developing skills and sustaining employment is at the heart of our work. We seek to tackle these challenges and maximise our impact through the provision of Funding, Awards, Resources and Campaigning.

We provide Funding for training to help those with limited financial means to return to work or develop and progress in their career.

We celebrate and share achievements and best practice through our Awards.

We enhance awareness through our Campaigning, championing inclusion & diversity, neurodiversity, youth engagement and the challenges of digital poverty.

We deliver a range of Resources, including platforms, tools and content, to educate, support and inspire.

Funding

Helping people to secure and sustain employment, we provide funding for training to displaced people, former offenders and people from lower socio-economic groups. We aim to enhance opportunities for labour market progression and meaningful employment, changing lives and creating a more equal society.

Resources

Delivering platforms, tools and content to educate, support and inspire, we provide a wealth of information, advice and guidance, and an array of valuable opportunities for knowledge and skills development, benefitting people, organisations and wider society.

Awards

Dedicated to recognising and rewarding quality and excellence, we promote the acknowledgement, appreciation and celebration of individuals and organisations who demonstrate commitment and investment in skills development, via a number of prestigious awards.

Campaigning

Our campaigns seek to remove barriers and challenge perceptions which negatively impact on work and skills development opportunities for marginalised groups. Our campaigns are far-reaching: championing inclusion & diversity, neurodiversity, youth engagement, employment for refugees, and underlining the challenges of digital poverty.

Businesses and organisations

With a commitment to sharing knowledge and driving forward skills for growth, City & Guilds Foundation works with thousands of organisations, generating industry relationships, bringing together networks, matching funding, celebrating best practice and inspiring change.

With a commitment to sharing knowledge and driving forward skills for growth, City & Guilds Foundation works with thousands of organisations, generating industry relationships, bringing together networks, matching funding, celebrating best practice and inspiring change.

Our Team

We’re very proud of all our people who make a real difference in a wide variety of roles. Our hard-working team are committed to supporting and actively promoting the work of the City & Guilds Foundation and without their dedication, the work that happens across the Foundation wouldn’t be possible.

Our Committee

The Foundation Committee provides strategic guidance and direction to make sure that the City & Guilds Foundation can make the most impact possible. Committee members are Trustees, Council members and industry experts who have a wealth of experience and a passion for helping improve people’s lives through skills development.

Our Theory of Change

Based on City & Guilds’ purpose of helping people, organisations and economies to develop their skills for growth, our Theory of Change enables consistent understanding and reporting of social impact through assessing what difference the Foundation is making to people, organisations and wider society.

Our Heritage

As a registered charity with over 140 years of experience working with people, organisations and economies, we understand the life-changing link between skills development, social mobility, prosperity and success. We’re proud of our past and excited for our future.

Foundation & Friends Podcast: Championing Investment into DEI Programmes with Tammy Banks from Taye Training

Successful DEI training within organisations can foster innovation and creativity as well as attract and retain top talent. To explore this topic, host Charmain Bucho, Head...

Skills Share 2024: a room full of training royalty

On 1 May 2024 we launched our first ever Skills Share event at Guildhall, London. This was a space to network and learn from the 200+ organisations who have successfully...

Foundation & Friends podcast: Championing Investment into Early Talent

A successful early talent strategy and strong learning culture can help organisations to attract, engage and retain early career employees, leading to a more productive...

Advancing A Greener Future: City & Guilds’ Carbon Reduction Journey

As a global leader in skills development, we at City & Guilds recognise the vital role we play in addressing social, environmental, and economic issues. We are committed...

Recognising excellence through the Livery Company Prizes

Earlier this month we hosted the annual City & Guilds Livery Company Prizes awards at Mansion House, home of the Lord Mayor, The Rt. Hon. Professor Michael Mainelli...