Social investment

Strategic funding that helps the hardest to reach develop skills for work

Dedicating funding to social programmes that help remove barriers for people to secure lasting employment.

The City & Guilds Foundation makes strategic social investments that help some of the hardest to reach people and societal groups to develop skills for employment. This area of activity includes Future Skills Commissions that seek to deliver system change, our Bursary programme which supports individuals who need a helping hand to upskill, and other socially-centred programmes such as pro bono work.

Apprentice Connect

Created in 2013, Apprentice Connect is an initiative developed by City & Guilds apprentices who wanted to improve the information, advice and guidance offered to young people on apprenticeships. In 2021 we launched a free online learning module for students and teachers.

Young engineers

Bursaries: funding for training

Since 2000, our bursary programme has been helping people in genuine financial need access training so they can develop skills for meaningful employment in key sectors facing skills shortages.

Young engineers

Future Skills Commission for Prisons

Supporting inspirational organisations who are delivering innovative programmes that support offenders to build their skills and move into employment.

Groundwork employees

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...

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Applications for funding opening 12 July 2021

We are delighted to announce that our friends at the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust will be accepting new applications for funding between 12 July and 16 August 2021. Talented and aspiring candidates can apply for up to £18,000 to further their education through...

New bursary launched to help Londoners get back into work

Created in response to the impact of the pandemic on London’s labour market, the new £50K London Bursary Skills fund aims to remove barriers to help Londoners quickly upskill and find work Today, the City & Guilds Foundation – part of skills organisation City...

Announcing Clink Kitchens

Long term City & Guilds partner Clink Restaurant Charity announces the launch of Clink Kitchens, bringing new training opportunities to thousands of prisoners across 70 facilities We’re delighted to congratulate the Clink on the recent announcement that they will...

Support for a green start

As has often been said of late, we’re facing unprecedented challenges as a nation. Those challenges are many and significant – global economic trends, a changing climate and now an unforgiving pandemic. All of these forces impact first and worst on those in our...

Supporting people and organisations through Covid-19

Earlier this year, the City & Guilds Foundation Committee approved £100k of funding to support organisations and individuals who are facing the fallout to their vital services / employment challenges due to Covid-19. Our purpose is all about helping...

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...

Interview with Change Grow Live’s Laura Shurrock

We recently caught up with Laura Shurrock, Mentoring Support Officer at Change Grow Live, a charity we have been supporting since 2018 with a three-year grant. Change Grow Live’s mission is to help people change the direction of their lives, grow as individuals, and...

From prison to lockdown: how to make peer-mentoring work in the crisis

The best ideas are born out of necessity, and for St Giles that was finding a way to deliver the Peer Advisor programme during Covid-19. The programme trains people with lived experience of social exclusion, including many prisoners and prison-leavers, to become Level...

An update on our bursary programme – providing access to the skills most needed, for those who need it most

Our bursary programme was designed to change people’s lives by allowing them to develop their skills. We know that, for some, the cost of training can be a huge barrier to getting the skills to find jobs and progress in their careers. Recent research indicates that...
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