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Social purpose

Our social purpose aims to change people's lives through skills.

This includes giving people the opportunity to succeed; helping the communities our companies interact with; and respecting environmental factors when working in our own offices.

Our community investment programmes - which include employee volunteering a bursaries programme and youth engagement activities - reinforce our overall purpose by helping people develop their skills for future growth.

Integrating our purpose, values and social initiatives delivers a firm and cohesive foundation for our companies and ensures we continue to act upon our beliefs.

Our social initiatives

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We work with a range of community engagement programmes and organisations


From youth engagement to community activities, we put into action our social purpose

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We help people grow and prosper through skills training

Our social purpose in action

We put our social purpose into action through the following initiatives:

Sustainable behaviour

Sustainable behaviour means taking an eco-friendly approach to the way we work, think and interact with communities. The Group behaves sustainably to reduce our carbon footprint.

As part of our sustainable behaviour we:

  • Encourage all of our employees to adhere to sustainable working practices
  • Use recycling facilities, a waste-conscious printing system, and hot-desking to encourage paperless offices

Read more about sustainable behaviour

Youth engagement

Our youth engagement programmes that give young people the chance to learn first-hand about the workplace and their training options.

At present we run two UK-based youth engagement programmes: Apprentice Connect and our work experience programme.

Apprentice Connect is a chance for young people to speak directly to apprentices to learn about their experiences of taking an apprenticeship.

Our work experience programme gives young people an insight into the world of work through placements in a real workplace and open days.

Read more about youth engagement


We first started awarding bursaries in 1999. Today, we award approximately 60-80 bursaries every year to people wishing to study for a City & Guilds or ILM qualification, but who are otherwise unable to afford it.

Bursaries open up opportunities by covering course fees, living costs, childcare, travel expenses and any extra hardship costs.

Each bursary is considered on a case-by-case basis where the applicant must:

  • Demonstrate genuine financial need
  • Reside in the United Kingdom

Read more about our bursaries

Volunteer work

We work with a range of community engagement programmes and organisations, including Business in the Community and City Action. Giving our employees (including our international employees) the opportunity to volunteer, allows us to further help the communities we interact with and impact.

Maintaining our responsibility to these communities, through volunteer work, is an important part of putting our social purpose into action.

Learn more about our charity partners

How can I participate?

If you are interested in the work we do to support our social purpose, please contact us for further information at

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Sustainable behaviour at the City & Guilds Group is about being mindful about the impact we have on the world around us.

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Our youth engagement initiatives give young people the chance to learn first-hand about the workplace and their training options.

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We help people and organisations develop their skills through the various charitable programmes we support.

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