Advocacy

The latest stories in this category from the City & Guilds Foundation and our networks.

[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Gender Diversity – a women’s panel

[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Gender Diversity – a women’s panel

As part of the City & Guilds Foundation Inclusion and diversity events series, offering thought-provoking conversations and actionable steps to promote equal opportunities and improve inclusion and diversity in your organisation. In this event we explored gender diversity and women inclusion in male-dominated industries. Women have made substantial progress in business and leadership positions. But many STEM-related fields are still resistant to gender diversity. How can...

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Leading through Black Lives Matter

Leading through Black Lives Matter

This Black History Month, we invited diversity and inclusion experts from our network to discuss the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement in our organisations. Listen to the conversation for powerful insights on: Leading in a seismic shiftSustaining the impact of Black Lives MatterDealing with narratives of wokenessCritical leadership styles and qualitiesBlind spots to watch out Event speakers Nelarine Cornelius CCIPD, FRSA, AFBPsS, CPsychol, FBAM, FCIM, PFHEA, FAcSSProfessor of...

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[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Race inclusion – supporting black talent

[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Race inclusion – supporting black talent

As part of the City & Guilds Foundation Inclusion and diversity events series, offering thought-provoking conversations and actionable steps to promote equal opportunities and improve inclusion and diversity in your organisation. this episode explores the importance of role models and allies in breaking down barriers at work for all ethnic groups. Having visible role models at all levels of a company and across different roles provides concrete evidence and inspiration for ethnically...

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The impact of investing in learning and development

The impact of investing in learning and development

The Princess Royal Training Awards are one of the flagship Awards and Recognition programme of the City & Guilds Foundation. They are all about celebrating best practice. We are delighted that we received 97 applications in 2021. Of those 97 applications, 49 have progressed to the second stage of assessment, the Application Review Process (virtual visits with an Assessor and a City & Guilds Ambassador). We recently asked our Princess Royal Training Award alumni what they thought the...

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The real impact of the pandemic on young people

The real impact of the pandemic on young people

Snow-Camp are the UK’s only charity using a combination of snowsports, life-skills training and mental wellbeing support to help young people from inner-city communities. Working at the indoor snow centres in London, the North West, the Midlands and Scotland, we also provide qualifications, work experience and volunteering opportunities to those who would never normally get the chance to access the snowsports industry. In 2019, HRH Princess Anne awarded us with a Princess Royal Training Award...

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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 apprenticeships. We also looked at the unprecedented challenges not only the sector is facing, but UK economy overall and making sure that degree apprenticeships remain high on the agenda. My session focused on raising the profile of this...

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Breaking leadership barriers for women

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 development opportunities. One such virtual event took place on the 3 December when Sue Gammons, former Coaching Director at GSK, presented to 25 Alumni members on how creating a systemic approach to address gender balance led GSK to...

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New Year’s Honours: extraordinary people in our network

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 & Guilds of London Institute Fellow, Member of Council and Princess Royal Training Awards alumnus. Peter was awarded an MBE for services to the jewellery and silversmithing industry. Peter has a long standing relationship with City...

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Supporting vulnerable young people to access learning

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 efforts being made by the UK Government and charities across the country to make the hardware necessary for online learning available to those in need, this support must continue to be rolled out with utmost urgency if we are to...

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It’s time to act on digital exclusion

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 events was organised by one of our newest partners, the BAME Apprenticeships Alliance, a community of organisations who support diversity in the workplace through policy and advocacy.   The...

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