2019 bursary programme now open

City & Guilds Group has announced that applications for its flagship bursary programme are now open. Designed for people with a genuine financial need, the Group grants bursaries of up to £10,000 to help learners study for an ILM or City & Guilds qualification. The bursary can also cover additional costs that might otherwise prevent people from studying, such as travel, childcare and living expenses as well as learning materials.

City & Guilds Group bursary 2019

Learners can apply to study for any qualification from the ILM and City & Guilds offer, ranging from construction to healthcare, digital to management. Open to all demographics from school leavers through to older generations, the Group bursary programme is one of the most diverse and inclusive available, supporting anyone looking to develop their skills in the changing workforce.

The skills individuals need to develop into a job, onto a job, and into the next job are constantly evolving. Access to education and ongoing learning has never been more important, but it is still so often restricted by family background or household income. This prevents too many people from studying for courses that are vital for their future, and for some adults it means learning is completely out of reach.

The City & Guilds Group bursary programme gives some of the poorest learners a chance to develop skills that will not only support their employment prospects but that will help plug skills gaps and create a more level playing field of opportunity in Britain.

Chris Jones, Chief Executive City & Guilds Group, said: “Our bursary programme is one of the initiatives that makes me most proud to be part of the Group. Knowing we have helped over 1000 people to develop their skills – who otherwise, for whatever reason, would not have been able to learn or get into employment - is humbling. The bursary has such a tangible, personal impact not only on the individual but their families and communities. Every year we try to do more to support more people to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.”

Since the bursary programme launched in 1999 City & Guilds Group has given over £1million to individuals who do not have the resources to study. For many, gaining a qualification has been life-changing.

James Cornaro, who was awarded a bursary to study for an electrical qualification, told us: ‘Three months before my daughter was born I was made redundant, and at that time I hit rock bottom; I had no idea of how I was going to afford to put a roof over our head and I was in a lot of debt with no one to ask for help.

I came across the City & Guilds Group bursary; it was the only option I’d found where I could apply being over 30 and was the only possible way I could see to get out of this mess. When this letter arrived telling me I’d got the bursary I was expecting the same from every letter I’d ever received – rejection - so this was the first time I’d been shown any kindness, good fortune and luck – and it was fantastic.

Receiving my Level 3 certificate saying I’m a qualified electrician was the proudest moment of my life. It gave me confidence as a father that I would be able to provide for my family – and this was all because of the bursary. It’s given me confidence to believe in myself, and that others can believe in me.”

You can listen to James’ story here.

Bursaries are open for learners who are looking to start a City & Guilds or ILM qualification on or after 1 September 2019. To qualify applicants must be UK residents and over 18. Applications will close on Wednesday 8th May 2019.

Find out more information about our bursary programme, including details about how you can apply, here.

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Learn more about how the bursary had a positive impact on James’s life, allowing him to study electrical engineering and pursue a successful career.

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