Our heritage

Our heritage makes us uniquely positioned to anticipate the future of work and learning.

The City and Guilds of London Institute was founded by the City of London and 16 livery companies (the Guilds) in 1878 and granted a Royal Charter in 1900. A registered charity, the Institute remains the awarding body for City & Guilds and ILM qualifications, while the City & Guilds Group is the market facing brand for the organisation today.

We’re proud of our past and excited for our future.

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2017

Gen2 joined the Group

A leading specialist training provider based in Cumbria.

2016

e3Learning joined the Group

A dedicated workforce risk management and online compliance training provider, based in Australia.

Digitalme joined the Group

A digital credentialing organisation that recognises individuals' competencies and supports employers in finding talent for their businesses.

Princess Royal Training Awards launched

An award created to highlight the positive impact that training and skills development can have on business performance for UK businesses of all sizes and sectors. Find out more on the Princess Royal Training Awards website.

Nine Lanterns joined the Group

An award-winning elearning provider based in Australia.

2015

The Oxford Group joined the Group

Providing management training, leadership development, and executive coaching across the globe to businesses, blue-chip companies, and the public sector.

Skills Development Fund launched

The Skills Development Fund is a £5m investment in projects which transform individuals and communities through developing skills. You can read more about this initiative and the projects invested in on the Group website.

2014

New technologies

Launch of TechBac®, a new approach to skills-based education for 14-19 year olds that’s been designed to bridge the gap between education and employment.

New innovations

Kineo launched its Managed Learning Service.

Transforming lives

ILM course registrations exceeded 1 million people.

2013

International growth

Kineo Pacific, based in New Zealand, joined the Group and became part of Kineo.

2012

Kineo joined the Group

Kineo helped over 200 world leading businesses across the globe to improve their performance through learning and technology.

2011

New President

We welcomed HRH The Princess Royal as our new President.

WorldSkills London 2011

We helped to create the UK’s biggest skills and career event and became the premier sponsor.

2010

New technologies

Learning Assistant, a market-leading e-portfolio system designed to transform the vocational education management process, joined the Group and became part of City & Guilds.

2009

Broadening horizons

We partnered with Manipal Global Education to create Manipal City & Guilds in India. We’ve also partnered with the Manipal Foundation to train at least 63,000 people in construction, hospitality and retail in India over a 10-year period, with an aim to get 70% of learners into employment.

2003

NPTC

Joined our Group and became City & Guilds Land Based Services.

2001

ILM created

Following the merger of the National Examination Board for Supervision and Management (NEBS Management) and Institute for Supervision and Management (ISM).

1995

On the move

We moved into our main office at 1 Giltspur Street, London.

1990

Expanding our global reach

City & Guilds expanded internationally into more than 80 countries.

New acquisition

The Pitman Examinations Institute joined our Group.

1971

Independence day

City & Guilds of London Art School becomes an independent trust.

1951

The Prince Philip Medal

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh became our new President. Every year our Royal President presents this prestigious prize at Buckingham Palace to outstanding individuals who have travelled The City and Guilds of London Institute Path.

1907

New foundations

We created Imperial College.

1900

Royal Charter

Royal Charter of Incorporation granted by Queen Victoria.

1881

King Edward VII

Became our first President when he was still Prince of Wales.

1879

Medals of excellence

We’ve awarded 15,000 medals to outstanding learners and tutors since we launched our programme.

New school

We created Finsbury Technical College and City & Guilds of London Art School.

1878

Founded

The City and Guilds of London Institute founded by the Corporation of the City of London and 16 livery companies (the Guilds).