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

Recognising excellence through the Livery Company Prizes

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 (Alderman). Each year City of London Livery Companies award prizes to honour outstanding learners and tutors from across the UK, who have achieved or delivered City & Guilds qualifications. The City and Guilds of London Institute was founded by the Livery Companies in 1878 and therefore maintains a close link with them....

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Celebrating our heritage whilst focusing on the future

Celebrating our heritage whilst focusing on the future

The 145th Yearly Meeting of the City and Guilds of London Institute happened at Plaisterers’ Hall in the heart of the City. This beautiful Livery Hall reflects the grandeur of a bygone era in a modern setting. The current hall was opened in 1972 and backs onto the remains of the original Roman London Wall which dates back to the third century. It was a very befitting venue for our meeting as we reflected upon and celebrated our heritage (as we ourselves were established in 1878 by the City of...

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Creating collective impact in the rehabilitation sector

Creating collective impact in the rehabilitation sector

This is a guest post by Ian Bickers, Founder of Unlocking Justice and member of our Future Skills Commission for Prisons. When the City & Guilds Foundation organised a day bringing together the people they are partnering with in the rehabilitation space, I was delighted to be asked to speak at it and share some of my own learnings from 20 years of working in, and with, prisons. My first impression from the day was the sheer amount of knowledge and experience gathered in the room. From...

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Learn about the latest findings on Neurodiversity at work in our latest report

Learn about the latest findings on Neurodiversity at work in our latest report

At City & Guilds we are all connected by our common purpose: to help people develop their skills. And our City & Guilds Foundation was established back in 2019 to really amplify our purpose and particularly with a focus on supporting individuals who face significant barriers in developing their skills. In an era where inclusivity has become a cornerstone of organisational success, championing and supporting neurodiversity in the workplace is more important than ever. In 2022, we...

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Foundation & Friends podcast: Inspiring Inclusion with Sparta Global

Foundation & Friends podcast: Inspiring Inclusion with Sparta Global

Here at City & Guilds, our purpose is helping people, organisations and economies develop their skills for growth. Through our Foundation, we act as a catalyst for this work, by helping remove barriers to getting a job, celebrating best practice on the job and advocating for jobs of the future. Through this monthly podcast, we hope to bring together people from across our diverse foundation networks. The ambition is that this podcast will serve as an educational platform, a source of...

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Championing apprenticeships: Insights from City & Guilds’ Young Learner Advisory Team

Championing apprenticeships: Insights from City & Guilds’ Young Learner Advisory Team

With nearly 150 years’ experience of successfully supporting training and skills development across the UK and globally, City & Guilds believes in listening to learners. Our new Young Learner Advisory Team (YLAT) guide us by sharing their valuable insights and experiences with the Executive and the Board of Trustees, ensuring that we continually improve, and do all we can to ensure learners reach their full potential and make the right decisions determining their future training and career...

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What we learned about making applications more accessible – for refugee women and for all

What we learned about making applications more accessible – for refugee women and for all

Access to training and learning opportunities is one of the barriers for refugee women with experience of seeking safety to start or progress their professional lives in the UK. This includes financial barriers, as well as other barriers related to accessing education. City & Guilds Foundation have therefore started a partnership with Routes, to support women in accessing opportunities through the City & Guilds bursary. A significant step in overcoming the financial barrier of the...

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Improving young refugees’ educational outcomes through our partnership with the Positive Youth Foundation

Improving young refugees’ educational outcomes through our partnership with the Positive Youth Foundation

At the City & Guilds Foundation we’re passionate about advocating for, and supporting, people who face barriers to accessing skills development. Two years ago, we looked at supporting refugees as a beneficiary group – and have supported a number of different grass root charities in the UK who are making a quantifiable impact on many lives within refugee and migrant communities. One such organisation that we are proud to support is the Positive Youth Foundation (PYF) based in Coventry....

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Bookings now open for City and Guilds of London Art School Spring and Summer Short Courses 2024!

Bookings now open for City and Guilds of London Art School Spring and Summer Short Courses 2024!

The City and Guilds of London Art School are delighted to announce the launch of their Spring/Summer 2024 Short Courses. A perfect last-minute gift for yourself or someone you love! Next term, they will be extending their pilot programme of Evening Courses with Spring classes running on Wednesday evenings from 24 January - 20 March. New courses have been added, such as 'An Introduction to Woodcarving' and 'Art & Feminism - 1965 - Present'. The Summer School will run over the first three...

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