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

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 Artificial Intelligence, staffing shortages in essential jobs continue to impact UK businesses. The pandemic highlighted that “Essential jobs” such as HGV drivers and care workers are the lifeblood of Britain’s economy, yet certain...

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

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 Commissioner for Princess Royal Training Awards, for services to Education. Jenny Taylor is Leader of IBM UK's award winning graduate, apprentice and internship Early Professional programmes (Foundation) with responsibility for all...

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Event: Leading Through Values

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 brought to life in everyday operations and how they've withstood the challenges faced during the pandemic. Read the Executive Summary. We discovered that company values are an integral part of their leadership models and ultimately...

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Royal visits round-up and new partnerships announced

Royal visits round-up and new partnerships announced

Two Princess Royal Training Awards recipients receive a royal visit! Over the past few months, HRH The Princess Royal has continued to actively support the work of City & Guilds and paid official visits to Princess Royal Training Awards recipients.  The Awards recognise employers who can evidence the impact staff development has on their organisation and people. Veolia The Princess Royal visited Veolia’s Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility where she undertook a tour of the...

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Lasting relationships, lasting impact

Lasting relationships, lasting impact

Our bursary programme was set up 21 years ago to help people in genuine financial need to access training programmes. The programme was designed to change people's lives by allowing them to develop their skills - and to this day it remains a core programme of the Foundation. Last year we launched our bursary alumni, bringing together individuals who had been awarded a bursary since 2016 and wish to share their stories and inspire others. One of the most rewarding elements of the...

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City & Guilds – continuing to forge the skills for today, and tomorrow

City & Guilds – continuing to forge the skills for today, and tomorrow

Everything we do at City & Guilds is driven by our purpose.  Today we talk about enabling people to develop the skills which will get them into a job, help them develop on the job and be able to progress to the next job.  We also talk about skills being essential for economic well-being for individuals, organisations and economies, but where did all that come from?  You have to go back to the Victorian era in the 1850s: a time of great change with the introduction of new...

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Shaking up the cis-tem: LGBTQ+ inclusion

Shaking up the cis-tem: LGBTQ+ inclusion

On Tuesday 22nd June I had the pleasure to attend the fourth webinar of the I&D series ran by the City & Guilds Foundation. The session's primary focus was how to best support members of the LGBTQ+ community bring their authentic selves to the workplace. The panel also discussed ideas on how to elevate members of the community to senior positions within organisations and the role representation plays in psychological safety of LGBTQ+ members of staff. The speakers were...

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There’s no such thing as an average person

There’s no such thing as an average person

The third event in the City & Guilds Foundation I&D series was on Wednesday the 16th of June. This time the focus was on developing neu​ro-inclusive workplaces. The speakers were Prof. Amanda Kirby, founder of website DO IT Solutions and Helen Needham, founder of Me.Decoded. If anyone missed it, here is a quick summary of some of the points covered in this brilliant session (Note: all of the points made in this post are originally from Amanda and Helen, who are the experts in this...

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Fair opportunities: employing prison leavers

Fair opportunities: employing prison leavers

The second in a series of I&D events hosted by the City & Guilds Foundation went live on Tuesday the 8th of June, this time focusing on inclusion in the context of employing people with lived experience of the justice system. This event featured guest speakers Surini Ranawake of the New Futures Network, James Timpson of Timpson Group, and Claire Wood of Deloitte. In case you missed it, you can catch up in full by watching the recording, but here’s a quick rundown of some of...

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Breaking down barriers: race inclusion

Breaking down barriers: race inclusion

On Wednesday the 2nd of June, I attended the first in a series of I&D events being hosted throughout the month by the City & Guilds Foundation. This event, which was focused on the topic of race inclusion, featured an insightful and thought-provoking conversation between speakers Frank Douglas (CEO of Caerus Executive and C&G Trustee) and Sophie Williams (anti-racism advocate and author of Anti-Racist...

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