City & Guilds
Foundation

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

Dedicating funding to social programmes that help remove barriers for people to secure lasting employment, such as the Future Skills Commission for Prisons, Apprentice Connect 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 great people who are committed to our purpose and great ambassadors for skills development to share knowledge and drive forward our agenda of skills for growth.

Impact

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

About the City & Guilds Foundation

The City & Guilds Foundation is part of the City & Guilds 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:

Yearly Meeting 2022: recognising advocates of skills through Fellowship presentations

For two years we Zoomed and at last this year we could once again hold the City and Guilds of London Institute’s Yearly Meeting face to face. Old friends and colleagues, key stakeholders, staff, members and Fellows mingled at Barber Surgeons’ Hall in the heart of the...

Princess Royal Training Award recipients change lives by investing in mental health training for staff

Did you know more than 1 in 7 people have mental health problems in the workplace?  As part of the UK’s Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May 2022), we’re spotlighting some recent Princess Royal Training Award winners who are seeing huge results from investing in...

48 UK organisations celebrate the Princess Royal Training Awards with HRH Princess Anne

On Thursday 28th April, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, welcomed 48 organisations to Mansion House in London to celebrate them receiving Princess Royal Training Awards for their commitment to training and development in 2021.   Currently in its sixth...

Connecting Communities: new free service to support London residents into full time employment

Connecting Communities: Your Bridge to Success Connecting Communities is a free service that can support eligible individuals* into full time employment. There are lots of jobs in the City of London, and Connecting Communities can help individuals by: Improving basic...

Co-op Levy Share: working together to fund thousands of apprenticeships

On Tuesday 5 April, City & Guilds Foundation held an event in partnership with The Co-op discussing how large organisations with unspent apprenticeship levy can share funds with smaller businesses in need as part of their Levy Share initiative. Aimed at businesses...

[Podcast] Lost Opportunities: The Hidden Cost of Caring

To celebrate Young Carers Action Day, Lauren Roberts, our Foundation Advocacy lead invited Rosario Waterlow, Corporate Partnerships Executive to talk about her lived experience of being a young carer and navigating the education system and employment. Listen to hear...

No Going Back: City & Guilds Foundation supports The Livery Company initiative

There are few occasions since setting up City & Guilds some 144 years ago when the Livery Companies have worked together towards a single objective. And that’s why we’re delighted that through the City & Guilds Foundation we’re able to support the new and...

City & Guilds launch latest research report and campaign: Great Jobs

Recognising the essential jobs that keep the UK working As the economy reopens, Covid-19 restrictions are loosening and we are continuing to grapple with the impact of Brexit and evolving labour market needs brought about by the fourth industrial revolution and...

New Year Honours: celebrating achievements of extraordinary people in our network

City & Guilds Foundation would like to congratulate some of our Fellows, Council Members, customers and PRTA Alumni for being recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. Congratulations to Jenny Taylor (MBE), member of the City & Guilds Council and...

Event: Leading Through Values

Let’s talk about values in leadership In October 2021, ILM published Leading through Values, a report researching the importance of values.  The report features case studies from a number of businesses, exploring what values mean for them, how values are being...

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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.