Our history in the region
For over 30 years, City & Guilds has been offering our qualifications throughout the Middle East through businesses and centres.
In 2008, City & Guilds opened its first office based in the learning hub of Dubai Knowledge Village. Our dedicated regional staff, supported by our UK office, works Sunday to Thursday during standard working hours in the region.
Today we have expanded into 13 countries, covering 13 industry sectors through 300 approved education centres. Our Dubai office oversees activities in 3 adjacent countries, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia.
What we do in the Middle East
In the Middle East, we help meet local demand and fulfil our mission to develop individuals, institutions and countries through education. We do this by offering internationally recognised qualifications that address specific training needs in the region.
Once completed, our courses can lead to skilled employment in the local labour market. Hiring rates among City & Guilds alumni are high as we offer support services such as a job bank to help ensure learners find employment.
In addition to qualifications, we also work with governments and funding providers, transforming vocational education and skills development to provide a pathway to employability for local people
Who works with us in the region?
Our customers in the Middle East are education providers, centres and governments to whom we offer our accreditation, qualifications and consultancy in order to provide skills needed for growth.
What products and services do we offer in the Middle East?
We offer an extensive portfolio of both products and services to governments, centres and businesses in the region.
Our products are designed to meet the needs of our customers in the Middle East while maintaining an international standard. This standard enables our qualifications to be honoured in countries around the world.
Vocational Qualifications: Our vocational qualifications cover 13 industries ranging from the automotive to the oil and gas sector. These courses are designed for everyone, from individuals wanting to enter the job market through to experienced employees wishing to acquire new skills.
Leadership Qualifications: The leadership qualifications cover topics ranging from leadership and management to coaching and mentoring. These courses are designed for all levels of management. They are provided by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), a member of the City & Guilds Group.
Our services are designed specifically for the needs of governments and educational providers in the region.
Governments: We work with governments who wish to help their nationals gain employment or improve their skill set. We offer them our expertise through consulting services to modernise their national educational systems.
We have created a comprehensive set of services to help governments improve the quality of vocational education.
Our services for governments include:
- Implementing educational reform
- Setting up Technical Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) systems
- Designing and developing qualification frameworks
- Designing and developing occupational standards
Educational Institutions and centres: For educational providers and centres, we help embed vocational qualifications into the curriculum, help improve delivery and assessment standards and help improve the quality of teaching. The products we have designed specifically for the providers and centres are:
Our services for educational institutions and centres include:
- Improving the quality of teaching and learning through quality assessments and tools
- Improving the teaching of Science and Math by working directly with Centres
- Improving learners’ English skills by working directly with Centres
- Sales and business development