Awards 2024

Championing impact. Recognising talent.


We know that trainers and tutors can have an immense impact on individuals and organisations. That’s why we’ve launched the City & Guilds Membership Awards: a new awards programme to celebrate and recognise tutors and trainers who are making a real difference.

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As an organisation, City & Guilds has a core purpose to help more people get into a job, progress on the job and move onto the next job. The City & Guilds Membership Awards highlight tutors and trainers who are champions for impactful skills development.

Launching in 2024, these awards have been created to recognise and celebrate tutors and trainers that are operating at a level above their peers in the delivery of training, learning and development. We want to celebrate the individuals who have made significant impact on their trainees or learners and also on their institutions and communities through the training programmes that they deliver.

The Awards are free to enter and tutors or trainers must be nominated by a senior manager. The online nomination form consists of three questions so you can tell us all about your exceptional tutor or trainer and you also have the opportunity to submit evidence to further demonstrate the impact this person has had. The three questions are:


  1. What skills and experience did they bring to your organisation?
  2. How are they doing it?
  3. What impact are they having?

Question One

Proven expertise: the person’s knowledge, influence and expertise should be to a high professional standard - someone at the highest professional level in their career.

Question Two

The individual has delivered a skills development programme which would qualify for a recognised national training award and has had a demonstrable impact.

Question Three

This individual has gone above and beyond what they were initially brought into your organisation to do. They have influenced your staff, organisational practice, had an impact on learners and maybe even the community around them.

The Awards

We are looking for someone that is at the top of their professional game and whom you are looking to recognise and reward for the benefits they bring to both your learners and institution.

The Awards are open for you to nominate exceptional tutors and trainers working at your organisation providing you can prove the impact they are making. More than one trainer can be nominated from your organisation and they can deliver any skills development programme.

The Awards will open for nominations on 8 April 2024 and successful nominees will be announced in Autumn.

After the announcement, there will be local awards ceremonies arranged to celebrate your outstanding tutors and trainers in style within their local communities.

Successful nominees will also receive Membership of the City and Guilds of London Institute, with post-nominals MCGI, and will be invited to a London-based ceremony to officially receive this honour.

Nomination Guidance

There are five steps to complete the online nomination process, as listed in our Guidance Document. We’ve covered as much detail as possible on each of these steps to help and support you as you work through the nomination form.


We have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help support the Awards. We’ve covered as much detail as possible, but you can also ask us anything or attend a Support Workshop.

Nomination Form

To complete this form you will need information about your nominee and will be asked to provide testimonials from a senior leader and from participants in the training programme(s) that the tutor or trainer has led.

Step One

Complete the online nomination form.

Step Two

Nominations are reviewed and assessed.

Step Three

Nominees that are successful in step two are invited for online interviews by external assessors.

Step Four

Successful nominees are celebrated at a ceremony to receive their City and Guilds of London Institute Membership.

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Support Workshops

Our virtual support workshop will offer practical support to anyone thinking about nominating an individual for the very first cycle of the City & Guilds Membership Awards.

We are holding two free virtual support workshops to offer practical support to anyone thinking about nominating someone for a City & Guilds Membership Award.

Attendees will have the opportunity to find out more information about the award, go through the application process in detail and hear from our Chief Assessor about what they are looking for and best practice advice on making a successful nomination. Book your place now:

Frequently Asked Questions

Not found what you were looking for? Check our FAQs below to find the answer.

Who can apply for a Membership Award?

The Membership Awards recognise exceptional tutors and trainers who are providing impactful training and development to learners on a vocational training programme. The application process is based on a nomination approach so it’s likely that you will work closely with the trainer or tutor who you are nominating for an award. Therefore you may work in an organisation, college or training provider. The trainer or tutor who you are nominating could also be based at a separate organisation to you i.e. if you outsource your training and development delivery.

Do we have to be delivering a City & Guilds qualification in order to make a nomination?

No. You can nominate any trainer or tutor who is delivering impactful training or learning on any programme. It does not have to be a City & Guilds accredited programme.

Can I put myself forwards for a Membership Award?

As the Membership Awards are based on a nomination approach, you cannot put yourself forwards for an award.

What are the benefits of applying for a Membership Award?


  • Showcases your organisation/college/training provider as one which values its people and delivers excellent training, learning and development.
  • Positions your trainer or tutor as exceptional: they are award-winning.
  • Recognises and celebrates your employees, improves organisational culture and fosters loyalty amongst staff.
  • Provides the opportunity to be part of the City & Guilds Foundation’s wider alumni network with peer support and access to a wide range of organisations who put training at the heart of what they do.
  • Creates newsworthy content and the opportunity to shout about your success!
  • Creates a talking point in marketing and recruitment campaigns.


  • Achieving a Membership Award shows you are at the top of your game in delivering impactful training and learning.
  • Confirms that the person nominating you and the wider organisation believes that the training you are delivering is exceptional.
  • You will receive ongoing membership of the City & Guilds of London Institute and can use the sought-after post-nominals MCGI.
  • You will be recognised for achieving the award at a local event. You will also be invited to a national event to receive membership to the City and Guilds of London Institute.
  • Provides the opportunity to be part of the City & Guilds Foundation’s wider alumni network with peer support and access to a wide range of individuals who put training at the heart of what they do.
  • You can showcase your achievements and position yourself as award winning on your CV and in your biography.

What does the nomination process include?

The first stage of the nomination process is the completion of an online nomination form where you nominate the trainer or tutor who is going above and beyond in their role. As these are evidence-based awards you are asked to submit evidence which further supports your nomination. You are also asked to submit a short testimonial from a senior member of staff who supports your nomination.

Nominators will find out if they have progressed to the second stage of the process by July. If the nomination has been shortlisted, a virtual interview with the nominator, nominee and an independent Assessor will take place in August.

You will find out if your nomination has been successful later in Autumn.

When do I need to complete my nomination by?

Nominations open on 8 April 2024 and will close by 5pm on 24 May 2024.

How much does it cost to nominate?

It is free to nominate a trainer or tutor for a Membership Award. There is no cost implication at any stage of the process.

What do I need to have ready in order to make a nomination?

The online nomination includes a range of questions about you as the nominator and about the tutor or trainer that you are nominating for an award. You will ideally know the tutor or trainer well as you will be asked about their experience, their work, detailed information about their training planning and delivery and the resulting impact it has made. You will also be asked to submit relevant evidence to further support your nomination. Finally the online nomination asks you to submit a short testimonial from a senior member of staff.

What happens after I’ve submitted my nomination?

You will receive an email to let you know that we have received your nomination. You will hear if you have been shortlisted to the second stage of the process in July.

I’m unsure about how to answer a question in the nomination form. What should I do?

Talk to us! We are delivering two support webinars – one in April and one in May and we are here to answer all of your questions. Email us at

How do I register?

  1. Go to the City & Guilds Applications and Nominations Platform
  2. Click Register
  3. Choose to register to SurveyMonkey Apply (recommended) or using a Social Media Account (this will redirect you to the social media platform to complete your registration)
  4. Click Create Account
  5. You will then receive an email asking to verify your account, click Confirm email address within this email

How do I reset my Password?

  1. Go to the City & Guilds Applications and Nominations Platform
  2. Click Log In
  3. Underneath the Email/Password fields, click “Forgot your password?
  4. Enter the email address that you use to login to the site
  5. Click Send Instructions
  6. You will be sent instructions to the email you entered to reset your password. If you aren’t to locate the email in your inbox, we recommend checking your Spam/Junk folder
  7. Click on the link within the email
  8. Enter a new password and confirm the password
  9. Click Reset Password

Why am I not receiving any emails from the site?

  1. Ensure that is added to your safe sender list within your email account.
  2. Ensure that your email is verified within the site. If you’re receiving this notification at the top of your page, then it’s possible that you won’t receive other emails from the site.
  3. Ensure that you’re subscribed to receive emails from the site.
  4. Check your Spam Folder to verify whether the email was sent to your Spam/Junk folder.
  5. Depending on the email(s) you’re expecting to receive, reach out to the administrators to ensure that an email was sent out.

How do I create a new nomination?

  1. Click View Programmes
  2. Find Membership Awards (note that at certain times of the year, other awards programmes will show here) and select MORE >
  3. Click Apply


The City & Guilds Group is committed to data security and the fair and transparent processing of personal data. This privacy policy (Policy) sets out how we will treat the personal data which you provide to us in compliance with applicable data protection law, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR).

Please read this Policy carefully as it contains important information on who we are, how and why we collect, store, use and share personal data, your rights in relation to your personal data, how to contact us and supervisory authorities in the event that you would like to report a concern about the way in which we process your data.

Who are we?

The City and Guilds of London Institute is a charity incorporated by Royal Charter, with registered charity number 312832 (England and Wales) and SC039576 (Scotland) (City & Guilds). Our registered address is Giltspur Street, 5-6 Giltspur Street, London EC1A 9DE.

For the purposes of the GDPR, City & Guilds is the ‘controller’ of the personal data you provide to us or one of our associated companies (together the City & Guilds Group).

If you have any queries about this Policy, the way in which City & Guilds processes personal data, or about exercising any of your rights, please send an email to or write to Data Protection, City & Guilds, Giltspur Street, 5-6 Giltspur Street, London EC1A 9DE.

City & Guilds collects the data of its bursary applicants. This Policy, any other documents referred to in it, sets out the basis on which City & Guilds processes personal data.

What personal data do we collect?

We may collect and process the following personal data:

Information you provide to us:

  • Name
  • Age range
  • Course and centre name / location
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Sex/Gender Identity
  • Sexuality
  • Ethnicity
  • Employment status
  • Qualification level
  • Information about your income, expenditure, debt and savings
  • Career interests
  • Your skills and experience
  • Your professional development goals
  • Disability information/any adjustments/learning difficulties
  • Equal opportunity monitoring information

Information we collect about you

If you visit our website, we may automatically collect the following information:

  • technical information, including the internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, login information, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform;
  • information about your visit to our website such as the products and/or services you searched for and view, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page;
  • any phone number used to call our customer service number.

Information we receive from other sources

We may also receive information about you if you use any of the other websites we operate or the other services we provide.

We may also receive information about you from your education provider when they register to receive products and/or services from us.

Information about other people

If you provide information to us about any person other than yourself, such as your relatives and next of kin, you must ensure that they understand how their information will be used, and that they have given their permission for you to disclose it to us and for you to allow us, and our outsourced service providers, to use it.

Sensitive personal data

In certain limited cases, we may collect certain sensitive personal data from you such as information about your physical or mental health of condition, to enable us to administer requests for reasonable adjustments or sensitive personal data or racial/ethnic origin in order for us to be able to monitor our bursary scheme. However, we will only do so on the basis of your explicit consent.

How do we use your personal data?

We may use your personal data where this is necessary to pursue our legitimate interests as a provider of bursaries including to:

  • send you evaluation forms to collect data about your post-qualification career progression
  • contact you about opportunities to share your experience as a bursary case study or speaker

You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data on the basis of legitimate interests as set out below, under the heading Your rights.

We may also process your personal data if required by law, including responding to requests by government or law enforcement authorities, or for the prevention of crime or fraud.

Who do we share your personal data with?

We may share your personal data with members of the City & Guilds Group. You can read more about our group companies at We take all reasonable steps to ensure that our staff protect your personal data and are aware of their information security obligations. We limit access to your personal data to those who have a genuine business need to know it.

We will ensure there is a contract in place with the categories of recipients listed above which include obligations in relation to the confidentiality, security, and lawful processing of any personal data shared with them.

Where a third party recipients is located outside the European Economic Area, we will ensure that the transfer of personal data will be protected by appropriate safeguards, namely the use of standard data protection clauses adopted or approved by the European Commission where the data protection authority does not believe that the third country has adequate data protection laws.

We will share personal data with law enforcement or other authorities if required by applicable law.

How long will you keep your personal data?

We will retain personal data relating to your bursary application at the City & Guilds group following the outcome of your application for 10 years following your application.

Where do we store your personal data and how is it protected?

We take reasonable steps to protect your personal data from loss or destruction. We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.

Where you have a username or password (or other identification information) which enables you to access certain services or parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your personal data, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Your rights

Under the GDPR, you have various rights with respect to our use of your personal data:

Right to Access

You have the right to request a copy of the personal data that we hold about you by contacting us at the email or postal address given below. Please include with your request information that will enable us to verify your identity. We will respond with 30 days of request. Please note that there are exceptions to this right. We may be unable to make all information available to you if, for example, making the information available to you would reveal personal data about another person, if we are legally prevented from disclosing such information. Or if your request is manifestly unfounded or excessive.

Right to rectification

We aim to keep your personal data accurate and complete. We encourage you to contact us using the contact details provided below to let us know if any of your personal data is not accurate or changes, so that we can keep your personal data up-to-date.

Right to erasure

You have the right to request the deletion of your personal data where, for example, the personal data are no longer necessary for the purposes for which they were collected, where you withdraw your consent to processing, where there is no overriding legitimate interest for us to continue to process your personal data, or your personal data has been unlawfully processed. If you would like to request that your personal data is erased, please contact us using the contact details provided below.

Right to object

In certain circumstances, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data where, for example, your personal data is being processed on the basis of legitimate interests and there is no overriding legitimate interest for us to continue to process your personal data, or if your data is being processed for direct marketing purposes. If you would like to object to the processing of your personal data, please contact us using the contact details provided below.

Right to restrict processing

In certain circumstances, you have the right to request that we restrict the further processing of your personal data. This right arises where, for example, you have queried the accuracy of the personal data we hold about you and we are verifying the information, you have objected to processing based on legitimate interests and we are considering whether there are any overriding legitimate interests, or the processing is unlawful and you elect that processing is restricted rather than deleted. Please contact us using the contact details provided below.

Right to data portability

In certain circumstances, you have the right to request that some of your personal data is provided to you, or to another data controller, in a commonly used, machine-readable format. This right arises where you have provided your personal data to us, the processing is based on consent or the performance of a contract, and processing is carried out by automated means. If you would like to request that your personal data is ported to you, please contact us using the contact details provided below.

Please note that the GDPR sets out exceptions to these rights. If we are unable to comply with your request due to an exception we will explain this to you in our response.


If you have any queries about this Policy, the way in which City & Guilds processes personal data, or about exercising any of your rights, please send an email to or write to Data Protection, City & Guilds, Giltspur House, 5-6 Giltspur Street, London EC1A 9DE.


If you believe that your data protection rights may have been breached, and we have been unable to resolve your concern, you may lodge a complaint the applicable supervisory authority or to seek a remedy through the courts. Please visit for more information on how to report a concern to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.

Changes to our Policy

Any changes we may make to our Policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our Policy.

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