City & Guilds Group: Who works with us

Working with us

As a leader in global skills development we work with governments, businesses and education centres to provide skills education and training.

We also form strategic partnerships and joint ventures with organisations who share our commitment to helping businesses and economies grow through skills.

A trusted partner

Our Group includes our businesses - City & Guilds, ILM, Kineo, The Oxford Group, Digitalme and e3Learning. Together they help people and businesses gain the skills they need to succeed:

  • We have over 130 years experience of providing work-related training
  • We have been working with businesses since we were founded in 1878, and with governments for over 100 years
  • We work with global governments across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa
  • Our businesses’ training products and solutions are developed with industry experts to ensure they meet the highest levels of quality and relevance
  • Our qualifications are internationally recognised and seen as a global benchmark of occupational competence

How we work with our customers

We work with customers to understand their requirements before starting to develop the right solutions for them.



We work with governments across the globe to address their countries’ specific skills needs.

Skilled workforces contribute to the global economy: lowering unemployment and empowering businesses to succeed. By working with governments to identify their skills needs, we can then work in partnership with them to develop and deliver the right skills development solutions.

What we offer governments

Our businesses offer a range of bespoke solutions for governments. These include:

  • Labour market intelligence
  • Defining occupational standards
  • Quality assurance
  • Qualification development
  • Elearning
  • Assessment design and management
  • Qualification delivery


We work with businesses across the globe, from all sectors. Our aim is to meet the needs of businesses, providing products and services to develop their current and future workforce. By doing so, we empower them to succeed in the global marketplace.

What we offer businesses

Our range of learning products and services for businesses includes:

  • Researching and developing products and services
  • Providing apprenticeships, accreditation services and elearning platforms
  • Offering bespoke elearning programmes to help businesses develop their employees on the job
  • Offering leadership and management development – either through providing qualifications, or through executive-level coaching.

Education centres

Our City & Guilds and ILM qualifications and assessments are delivered through education centres – which comprise of training providers and further education colleges.

Our training products and services are also delivered through over 10,000 approved City & Guilds centres across the globe.

What we offer education centres

We offer over 5000 qualifications across 28 industries.

We provide comprehensive support and expertise to centres delivering our training products and services. Our aim is to help centres manage large volumes of learners effectively and efficiently, allowing centres to do business quicker and focus on learners.

In addition, we support some centres further, by providing consultancy and guidance.

Growing companies and entrepreneurs

We have created a £2.5m New Venture Fund which will invest an initial £2.5m in post-revenue companies and entrepreneurs, to accelerate the growth of innovative education and training.

The Fund will seek to support innovation in the way skills education is delivered today, and providing funding in return for an equity stake. Recipients will also benefit from the City & Guilds Group's expertise and resources to help ideas get off the ground.

Find out more about the New Venture Fund.

Joint ventures

We currently have one joint venture – between City & Guilds and Manipal Global Education Services, a major education provider in India. The resulting agreement is City & Guilds Manipal which, since 2009, has been helping people to access work-related training in India.

City & Guilds brings its deep understanding of vocational education across the world; whilst Manipal Global Education Services provide the local expertise across HR, finance and legal.

Success through working together

According to data from the National Skills Development Council in India, the government wants to upskill 150 million people by 2022. By joining resources, City & Guilds Manipal is able to commit to a large scale training programme, helping the government towards these vast targets.

Strategic partnerships

Our businesses enter into strategic partnerships with organisations which share our goals and which set up initiatives which will drive us towards achieving our purpose.

Examples of our strategic partnerships, include our work with:

  • Business in the Community – together we are working on initiatives to help young people get into the workplace and to inspire businesses to support them, such as through work experience.
  • MyKindaFuture – together we help bring employers and schools closer, bridging the gap between education and employment

In this section

Case studies

Our work with governments

Combating youth unemployment in South Africa

We worked with the government in South Africa to create a programme for young people to gain culinary skills. It came at a time when youth unemployment was 70% and the hospitality and tourism industry was in desperate need of chefs.

To address this, City & Guilds worked together with the National Department of Tourism and the South African Chefs Association to create the National Youth Chefs Training programme. This has resulted in 800 young people attending the programme each year.

Our joint ventures

Filling skills shortages in India

Through our joint venture in India between City & Guilds and Manipal Global Education Services, City & Guilds Manipal  made a commitment in 2014 to train 63,000 people over 10 years in construction, hospitality and retail. As part of its pledge, City & Guilds Manipal aims to place at least 70% of these learners into employment. Currently, this joint venture is exceeding targets in numbers of learners trained and is maintaining its 70% employment target.

Our work with businesses

Building staff capabilities across the UK

Over 21,000 colleagues have already attended training at Sainsbury’s specialist colleges providing learning accredited by City & Guilds.

Those who have attended the accredited training continue to give excellent feedback and have received a ‘My Sainsbury’s Learning Certificate’ from City & Guilds in recognition of their achievements.