Who we are
The City & Guilds Group is a leader in global skills development.
We work with education providers, employers and governments in over 100 countries across the world to help people, businesses and economies grow by shaping skills systems and supporting skills development.
The Group is made up of City & Guilds, ILM, Kineo, The Oxford Group, Digitalme and e3Learning. Together, we set the standard for professional and technical education and corporate learning and development around the world.
Each of our businesses has its own distinct focus. As a Group, our combined products and services provide a comprehensive range of work-relevant qualifications, assessment, training, and learning support services.
The products and services we offer across the Group are globally recognised and respected.
Everything we do contributes to achieving our purpose: helping people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth. This purpose drives everything we do.
Our purpose in action
We reinvest our surplus to support our social purpose, which aims to change people's lives through skills.
Our recent history
As a Royal Chartered Institute and registered charity, The City and Guilds of London Institute is the awarding body for City & Guilds qualifications.
Expansion into international markets
Over the years, the City & Guilds Group has expanded internationally to address global skills shortages by offering targeted skills education and training services locally.
We have expanded and enhanced the products and services of the Group, through a programme of acquisitions to further support skills development around the world.
ILM joined the Group in 2001, bringing with it 50 years' experience in designing leadership and management courses, to expand our qualifications and assessment services.
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Kineo was acquired in 2012 to expand our offer to employers by providing complete corporate learning solutions, including elearning.
Since then, we have acquired Kineo's Pacific and South African operations (2013 and 2015) as well as Nine Lanterns (2015) – all of which are now part of Kineo.
Read more about Kineo
The Oxford Group
The Oxford Group joined the Group in 2015 to strengthen the City & Guilds Group's support to multi-national employers by providing leadership development, executive coaching and management training services.
Read more about The Oxford Group
Digitalme joined the City & Guilds Group in 2016 to boost the Group's digital credentialing offer that recognises individuals' competencies and supports employers in finding talent for their businesses.
Read more about Digitalme
Set up in 2001 before being acquired by the Group, e3Learning was part of Open Universities Australia - an online higher education organisation owned by 7 of Australia’s premier universities.
Read more about e3Learning
Our link with the Royal Family started when King Edward VII become the first President of The City and Guilds of London Institute in 1881, whilst he was still the Prince of Wales.
We have enjoyed our Royal patronage ever since. Our current President is Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.