At City & Guilds, we're proud of our history of dedication and innovation in vocational learning.
We've come a long way since we were founded - today the City & Guilds Group is the UK's leading vocational awarding organisation. We employ over 1000 people and award 1.9 million certificates every year.
Take a look at our key milestones ...
We welcome Learning Assistant, a leading UK e-portfolio company, into the Group - this commercial acquisition will revolutionse City & Guilds' current digital capability.
We partner with academic and education service provider Manipal to create IndiaSkills - a bold venture to redefine the way education and training is delivered in India.
We launch the City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development - and celebrate our 130th birthday.
We begin work on the 14-19 Diploma along with AQA - the new qualification successfully launched in 2008.
We welcome the Hospitality and Awarding Body (HAB), leader in its field, to the Group.
We gain vital expertise in the land-based sector as NPTC (formerly the National Proficiency Tests Council) becomes part of the City & Guilds Group.
The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) is formed from NEBS Management, part of City & Guilds, and the ISM.
We mark our Charter Centenary.
We award our millionth City & Guilds NVQ.
City & Guilds International is established, offering awards in business and administration and English language - which become instant worldwide winners.
We establish the Technician Education Council (TEC) and Business Education Council (BEC) which later merge to form BTEC.
We create NEBS Management to specialise in qualifications for managers and supervisors - the precursor to today's Institute of Leadership & Management.
HRH the Duke of Edingburgh establishes the Prince Philip Medal - honouring those people who, in Prince Philip's own words, have 'travelled the City & Guilds path'.
We establish the Associated Examinations Board (AEB), offering O-Levels and A-Levels - today it's part of AQA.
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh becomes City & Guilds President - and remains so to this day.
1939 - 1945
It's business as usual during World War II, with only one exam cancelled in six years of conflict. We even hold exams for prisoners of war in Germany.
Imperial College London is founded, made up of City & Guilds College, Royal College of Science and Royal School of Mines.
We're granted a Royal Charter of Incorporation by Queen Victoria - recognising us as part of the constitution and national life of the United Kingdom.
Our first international City & Guilds examination is held - in New South Wales, Australia.
City & Guilds is founded to establish a national system of technical education - we hold our first exams in cotton manufacture, steel manufacture, gas manufacture, wool dyeing, alkaline manufacture, telegraphy and qualitative blowpipe analysis.