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.

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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

City & Guilds launches Specific Learning Difficulties tool for trainers

This guest post is by Jordan Stevenson, the Diversity and Inclusion Product Lead at City & Guilds City & Guilds, in partnership with the Education Training Foundation: SEND excellence gateway, are launching a series of tools to support inclusive learning. This...

City & Guilds Foundation & The WOW Show release new wellbeing resources for students

With the new school year in full swing and student wellbeing a priority, the City & Guilds Foundation have teamed up with The WOW Show and partners Votes for Schools to launch an exciting new film and classroom resources to help young people build self-confidence....

City & Guilds Foundation and Gower College Swansea launch innovative £100k project to support at risk young people into secure employment

The City & Guilds Foundation and Gower College Swansea have entered into a new strategic partnership to support learners at risk of dropping out of education, overcome barriers and find positive ways to gain skills and enduring work. The funding will put up to 200...

Widening participation in heritage crafts: training bursary for Black and ethnically diverse makers

The City & Guilds Foundation sponsors the Heritage Crafts training bursary targeted at Black and ethnically diverse makers, which is an under-represented group in heritage crafts. This guest post is by Daniel Carpenter of Heritage Crafts. For more information, see...

How we’re supporting St Giles to change lives by investing in vital training

St Giles is a London-based charity that helps people create a better future for themselves, and they’ve been an active part of our Foundation network for over five years. The charity works with people to overcome poverty, exploitation, abuse, addiction, mental health...

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Applications for funding opening 11 July 2022

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) awards scholarship and apprenticeship funding of up to £18,000 to talented and aspiring craftspeople working in a broad range of traditional and contemporary skills, from farriery and thatching to jewellery design,...

Helping our partners in the offender / reoffending space to embrace neurodiversity

Last week was my second week of secondment with the Foundation Team and I was fortunate to be able to attend a two-day Neurodiversity Train the Trainer event. It was delivered by Helen Arnold Richardson from DO-It Solutions, and was specifically for our Foundation...

City & Guilds Foundation supports new bursary for Black and minority ethnic trainees

The City & Guilds Foundation and Heritage Crafts are delighted to announce a new bursary for Black and minority ethnic trainees in heritage crafts. The first bursary is being awarded to Nkosi Kerr, who moved to the UK from Tobago in 2019. An incredible...

Connecting Communities: new free service to support London residents into full time employment

Connecting Communities: Your Bridge to Success Connecting Communities is a free service that can support eligible individuals* into full time employment. There are lots of jobs in the City of London, and Connecting Communities can help individuals by: Improving basic...

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...
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