City & Guilds Group: Our awards programme

Our awards

Our Awards Programme recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of learners, trainers and employers who demonstrate excellence in skills development.

The programme of awards recognises the very best individuals and organisations from all sectors excellence in training, learning and applying these skills in the workplace.

Some of the awards can be entered via nomination or application; others are conferred upon exceptional candidates through internal processes.

What is the Awards Programme?

The Awards Programme is comprised of a wide range of honours, which reward and recognise individuals and organisations who have demonstrated exceptional achievement through training and skills development.

Collectively, these accolades honour:

  • Organisations who have developed outstanding training initiatives
  • Trainers delivering City & Guilds or ILM qualifications
  • Individuals who have excelled in the workplace, or in their learning

In addition, the Awards Programme rewards excellence at all levels:

  • Locally City & Guilds Commendations can be conferred on learners and tutors directly by their organisations in the UK
  • Nationally Fellowship can be achieved by sponsorship or nomination by other Fellows

All award recipients have one thing in common - they have demonstrated the highest standards of commitment, passion and excellence in learning, training and skills development.

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    Awards celebrate achievement

    Receiving an award or honour is a route for individuals and organisations to celebrate their achievements or raise their profiles.

    Prestige and industry-wide recognition

    • The Professional Recognition Awards and Fellowship carry internationally-recognised post-nominal letters (letters used after an individual’s name)
    • Two of the accolades – the Princess Royal Training Awards and The Prince Philip Medal – have royal involvement

    Raising standards

    • Individuals qualifying for a bursary benefit from financial assistance to study a City & Guilds or ILM qualification
    • Organisations applying for the Princess Royal Training Awards receive feedback and evaluation, allowing them to plan and deliver their training in a more effective way

    History of the awards

    The first award

    In 1879, the City and Guilds of London Institute began awarding Medals for Excellence.

    The medals recognise learners and tutors who have gone 'above and beyond' what is expected in taking and delivering City & Guilds qualifications.

    The medals are now international, with over 200 medals being awarded across the world annually.

    Most recently, in 2015, we launched the Princess Royal Training Awards programme. It champions organisations which have achieved business success as a result of outstanding training initiatives.

    The Awards

    The Princess Royal Training Awards

    The Princess Royal Training Awards

    Candidates: Employers

    Method of entry: Application

    The Princess Royal Training Awards honours organisations which have created outstanding training and skills development programmes resulting in exceptional benefits. It is the only award that links training and business success.

    Organisations which demonstrate they have reached the specified standards of excellence will receive the award.

    The awards are presented through The City and Guilds of London Institute.

    Receiving this prestigious award is a benchmark that distinguishes an organisation from its competitors in the area of training and skills.

     

    Find out more about the Princess Royal Training Awards

    The Prince Philip Medal

    The Prince Philip Medal

    Candidates: Past learners

    Method of entry: Nomination only

    The Prince Philip Medal champions the link between training and career success. It honours an exceptional individual, with City & Guilds qualifications, who started at the bottom of their career ladder and has reached a high management position.

    The recipient of the Prince Philip Medal is chosen through an internal process.

    The medallist, together with one or two Highly Commended Certificate recipients, receives their awards at the prestigious annual Palace Awards Ceremony.

    The accolades are presented through The City and Guilds of London Institute.

     

    Find out more about the Prince Philip Medal and the Palace Awards

    The President's Award

    The President’s Award

    Candidates: Tutors

    Method of entry: Directly awarded

    The President’s Award honours tutors who have excelled in delivering City & Guilds qualifications.

    The shortlist of candidates for the award is compiled purely from the highest scoring tutors from the Medals for Excellence award recipients.

    Recipients are then chosen from this shortlist by the current President of The City and Guilds of London Institute, HRH The Princess Royal, and presented with their award at the prestigious annual Palace Awards ceremony.

    The accolade is presented through City and Guilds of London Institute.

     

    Find out more about the President’s Award and the Palace Awards

    Medals for Excellence

    Medals for Excellence

    Candidates: Learners and tutors

    Method of entry: Nomination by educational centres

    Medals for Excellence rewards learners and tutors for achievement, hard work and journey progression.

    The medals are presented through City & Guilds and are given annually at regional ceremonies.

    The award encourages further successes – the top scoring medal recipients are automatically considered for the Lion Awards. The President’s Award and the Livery Awards also create their shortlists from Medals for Excellence high-scoring candidates.

     

    Find out more about Medals for Excellence

    The Lion Awards

    The Lion Awards

    Candidates: Learners and tutors

    Method of entry: Directly awarded

    The Lion Awards is a culmination of the Medals for Excellence programme. It rewards learners and tutors for their achievement, hard work and journey progression. It also recognises outstanding centres of learning.

    The awards showcase the very best talent, with recipients being chosen exclusively from Medals for Excellence award holders in all categories.

    The Lion Awards is presented through City & Guilds.

     

    Find out more about the Lion Awards

    City and Guilds Fellowship

    Fellowship of The City and Guilds of London Institute

    Candidates: Individuals

    Method of entry: Conferred on recipient

    Fellowship is the highest honour bestowed by the Council of The City and Guilds of London Institute. The title is conferred upon individuals who have displayed the very highest excellence in their field, gained the respect of their peers and can be considered role models for their profession.

    Candidates must have have demonstrated outstanding professional and personal achievement over a number of years, at the highest levels of responsibility and influence.

    Generally, Fellows are from the following areas:

      • Industry: Chief executive officer; managing director; board member; specialist employee with high-level responsibility for a particular part of the organisation
      • Education and academia: Vice-chancellors; principal; head of key department; specialist whose research or administrative flair has had significant practical application and results
      • Government and public sector: Holders of a senior office in the military (likely to be one-star or above); police; fire; prison; health or civil services; member of parliament; working peer

      Fellowship is conferred twice a year, by the Council of the City and Guilds of London Institute.

       

      Find out more about Fellowship

      Livery Company Award

      The Livery Awards

      Candidates: Tutors and learners

      Method of entry: Directly awarded

      The Livery Awards honour outstanding achievements from learners and tutors, who have taken or delivered City & Guilds qualifications in the trade of the Livery Company.

      A wide range of Livery Companies take part in the awards each year, bringing a diverse range of disciplines to the awards on offer.

      Award recipients are chosen by the respective Livery Company, from either:

      • Directly identified by the Livery Company
      • A shortlist of Medals for Excellence award recipients

      The awards are presented through The City and Guilds of London Institute.

       

      Find out more about the The Livery Awards

      The Professional Recognition Awards

      The Professional Recognition Awards

      Candidates: Past learners

      Method of entry: Application

      The Professional Recognition Awards celebrate the link between training and the highest levels of career success.

      The awards are National Qualifications Framework (NQF) accredited qualifications. Individuals at the highest professional levels within their chosen careers can achieve them by submitting a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how they have met the award criteria.

      Those achieving the awards are entitled to use the appropriate post-nominal: Licentiateship (LCGI), Affiliateship (AfCGI), Graduateship (GCGI), or Membership (MCGI).

      The Professional Recognition Awards are presented through City & Guilds.

       

      Find out how to apply for the Professional Recognition Awards

      City & Guilds Commendations

      City & Guilds Commendations

      Candidates: Learners and tutors

      Method of entry: Awarded directly by Further Education colleges and Private Training Providers

      City & Guilds Commendations are a local award, allowing organisations to directly reward their learners and tutors for their hard work and achievement.

      Once a term, individual centres can reward up to five of their learners plus one tutor for success in categories including:

      • Learner who has made the biggest improvement
      • Most inspirational tutor

      Commendations are presented through City & Guilds.

      Commendations are a fast, simple and effective way for organisations to give learners and tutors recognition. At the same time, they are a validation that the organisation delivers outstanding training.

      Find out more about City & Guilds Commendations

      Princess Royal Training Awards

      The Princess Royal Training Awards recognises employers’ innovative training and skills initiatives.

      find out more
      The Palace Awards ceremony

      The ceremony is an annual spring event, held at Buckingham Palace or St James’s Palace. 

      Learn more