Covid-19: Supporting our communities The Covid-19 crisis is presenting huge challenges for everyone as we respond and adapt to an uncertain and ever-changing landscape. And yet our purpose stands truer than ever; to help individuals, organisations and economies build skills for growth. The City & Guilds Foundation continues to provide vital support to all our communities, through sharing knowledge and insight, grant making and bringing people together to share best practice. Find out more.

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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.”

Social Investment

Awards

Advocacy

Impact

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.

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 all 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 latest impact.

Connecting our communities

Part of our purpose as a Foundation is to bring together people from all walks of life who are passionate about breaking down barriers to developing skills and meaningful employment. As the situation around Covid-19 presents a new way of learning, working, and living for us all, we’ll be sharing insights, ideas and innovative ways individuals and organisations are facing up to challenges. Whether you’re an employer, a student or a charity, we’d love to hear from you and for you to check out what’s going on around our communities.

Recovery & resilience report

Recovery and Resilience report: reskilling our way back into work

The City & Guilds Group's most recent research Recovery and resilience: Reskilling our way back into work surveyed 2,000 working and non-working adults in the UK and found that people from lower socio-economic groups were less likely to believe that they have the...
Social Enterprise Support Fund

Essential financial support now available for social enterprises through £18.7m Covid-19 grants

Here at the City & Guilds Foundation, we’re incredibly proud to support UnLtd – a leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in and around the UK. Today, UnLtd have made an exciting announcement about a new Social Enterprise Support Fund. The Fund is...
Will Akerman of MyKindaFuture

Bridging the gap between employer and employee with MyKindaFuture’s Will Akerman

City & Guilds has been a strategic partner of MyKindaFuture for a long time. We’ve always been closely aligned with their belief that everyone should have equal power and opportunity to shape their future – wherever they come from, whatever their experience, and...
Princess Anne at the Princess Royal Training Awards ceremony

United by purpose – a letter to Princess Royal Training Awards applicants from Princess Anne

It’s fair to say, that no one alive has ever experienced a time like this.  You have to go back to the post-WW1 flu, the cholera epidemics that would lead to modern sanitation, The Black Death and the great plagues.  For all of us, it really is unprecedented, and it...
Lauren Roberts, youth engagement

Engaging with young people during Covid-19

Our research tells us that long before the pandemic young people often struggle to enter the world of work. Depending on who you know your experience of moving from education to paid work can be a real struggle and one in which many obstacles must be overcome. Through...
London covid-19

A commitment to the beneficiaries supported through the City & Guilds Foundation

The City & Guilds Foundation, along with a wider group of funders, recognise that the covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on civil society groups, and want to offer reassurance that we stand with the sector during this time.  We wish...
Virtual coffee

Virtual coffee: 5 ways to take care of yourself while working from home

Though working from home is common, it’s a whole different kettle of fish when you’re forced to work remotely. And for some, that kettle of fish is literal. ‘My partner cooked fish for lunch today – very inappropriate as my office area is the kitchen/dining table.’...
Supporting communities throughout Covid-19

The City & Guilds Foundation supporting communities throughout Covid-19

No one is untouched by Covid-19, and we are humbled by seeing so many of our communities and partners responding with such energy and grace to what is a difficult time for people and societies all over the world. We know that people need support now, to help them get...

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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