City & Guilds
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Our mission:

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

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Social Investment

Strategic funding that helps the hardest to reach develop skills for work.

Awards

Using the power of celebration to promote learning.

Advocacy

Bring people together to champion skills development.

Impact

Accountable for meaningful change.

Latest posts from the team

Announcing Clink Kitchens

Long term City & Guilds partner Clink Restaurant Charity announces the launch of Clink Kitchens, bringing new training opportunities to thousands of prisoners across 70 facilities We’re delighted to congratulate the Clink on the recent announcement that they will...

Championing degree apprenticeships

Since their launch in 2015, the interest and uptake of degree apprenticeships has been great. Last month I was invited to speak at Universities UK Degree apprenticeships conference. The agenda was all about responding to the increased interest in degree...

Foundation newsletter #2 – February 2021

The power of networks shines through the second edition of our Foundation Newsletter. Together we have continued to find new ways to support people and enhance life chances. Read on for uplifting news and inspiring stories to brighten your day.

Breaking leadership barriers for women

Sharing best practice Members of the Princess Royal Training Awards Alumni network have access to a wide range of benefits including opportunities to network with over 200 forward thinking UK-based organisations and the chance to attend many diverse events and...

Support for a green start

As has often been said of late, we’re facing unprecedented challenges as a nation. Those challenges are many and significant – global economic trends, a changing climate and now an unforgiving pandemic. All of these forces impact first and worst on those in our...

Supporting people and organisations through Covid-19

Earlier this year, the City & Guilds Foundation Committee approved £100k of funding to support organisations and individuals who are facing the fallout to their vital services / employment challenges due to Covid-19. Our purpose is all about helping...

New Year’s Honours: extraordinary people in our network

It was great to see so many individuals in the further education and skills development sectors in the New Year's Honours lists! Even better was to see some of the leaders of the organisations we work with being recognised. Congratulations to Peter Taylor, City &...

Supporting vulnerable young people to access learning

The City & Guilds Foundation is acutely aware of the challenges facing learners at all levels across the UK, including the many learners who receive support from our charitable partners or directly through the Foundation’s bursary programme.  We applaud...

It’s time to act on digital exclusion

Last month I was invited to speak at the Apprenticeship Diversity & Social Mobility Forum, which aims to bring together leading figures in diversity and inclusion, and experts on social mobility. The series of three annual...

Foundation newsletter #1 – October 2020

Making a difference, creating an impact. Welcome to our first Foundation newsletter, we hope you enjoy finding out about everything we’ve been up to recently and are as inspired as we are about how we can make a difference through shining a light on skills...

About the City & Guilds Foundation

The City & Guilds Foundation is part of the City & Guilds Group charity, and has a specific focus on high impact social investment, recognition and advocacy programmes. Each of the programmes we run act as a catalyst for us to make a difference to people, organisations and society through investing part of our surplus and resources into helping everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, get opportunities to succeed.

The Foundation aims to innovate, celebrate and evaluate opportunities that will make a real difference to people’s lives through skills development by:

Social Investment

Dedicating funding to social programmes that help remove barriers for people to secure lasting employment, such as the Future Skills Commission for Prisons and our bursary programme.

Awards

Recognising those who demonstrate excellence and outstanding results from their investment in skills development, such as the organisations who have achieved the Princess Royal Training Award standard.

Advocacy

Bringing together networks of people who are committed to our purpose and great ambassadors for skills development to drive forward our agenda of skills for growth.

Impact

Measuring and analysing the full impact of everything we do – both commercially and through the Foundation – on delivering secure and sustained employment, strengthened organisations and a more skilled and productive society. See our latest impact.

About the City & Guilds Group

The City & Guilds Foundation is part of City & Guilds Group, global pioneers in skills development. We support over 4 million people each year to develop skills that help them into a job, develop on that job and to prepare for their next job. As a charity, we’re proud that everything we do is focused on achieving this purpose.

Through our assessment and credentialing, corporate learning and technical training businesses, we partner with our customers to deliver work-based learning programmes that build competency to support better prospects for people, organisations and wider society. We create flexible learning pathways that support lifelong employability, because we believe that people deserve the opportunity to (re)train and (re)learn again and again – gaining new skills at every stage of life, regardless of where they start.

Find out more about the work we do, our brands and our policies at: cityandguildsgroup.com.

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