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City & Guilds in Scotland

City & Guilds in Scotland

City & Guilds is part of the City & Guilds Group – a group of six businesses all focused on giving individuals, businesses and economies the skills they need to progress.

We’ve been operating in Scotland since 1996, working with government, employers, colleges and training providers and trainees across key sectors. We are focused on meeting the needs of today’s workplace by providing up-to-date work-based learning qualifications.

We put quality and learning at the heart of our modern apprenticeship offer - City & Guilds is a name you can trust.

Our qualifications are valued by employers around the world, helping individuals to develop their talents and abilities for job readiness and career progression wherever they wish to go.

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More on modern apprenticeships in Scotland

These are delivered as set frameworks created by Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) – which are employer-led and Government-licensed organisations, specific to an industry sector.

Modern apprenticeship frameworks have three main components:

  • A relevant Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) - These are certificates of vocational education specific to the job role. They’re delivered through a combination of practical (on-the-job) and knowledge-based (off-the-job) learning and assessments
  • Core skills - The SSC set the minimum requirements for these five compulsory skills areas: communication; problem solving; numeracy; working with others and information and communication technology (ICT). Communications, problem solving and working with others are integrated into the apprenticeship, while ICT and numeracy are often taught as separate subjects.
  • Industry specific teaching - This varies according to occupational area and may use a curriculum-driven model or an assessment-driven model.

Discover more about apprenticeships in Scotland on the Skills Development Scotland website.

To learn more about SCQF, view our SCQF page and full list of qualifications.

Maths and English

Maths and English are vital skills we all need to develop and keep using throughout life. View our full offer here.

Assured - recognition of world-class training

Our Assured service is an internationally recognised seal of approval and a business improvement tool, showing you how to take your training from good to great.

We evaluate your training programmes against our benchmark to see how they meet our quality criteria. We do not undertake a critique of the content of the training programme, but we will make sure that it caters to the needs of your learners and meets our quality standards. The Assured service adds value to any type of training no matter the content, format or length. We can recognise both face-to-face and e-learning, assessed or non-assessed training and even training in local languages.

Find out more information about our Assured service or contact us on email

Licensing to practice courses

We offer a range of short 'license to practices' courses for people in the licensed trade and for those involved in the regulation of licensing to meet the requirements of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. These are accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and delivered by Alcohol Focus Scotland.

For more information visit our qualifications page.

Online teaching and support resources

We offer a range of publications for all our qualifications so you can select those that suit you best.

City & Guilds SmartScreen is designed to save tutors’ time, offer ideas and guidance on how our qualifications can be delivered. They can be used as either a front of class teaching aid or set for learners to work independently. Visit our SmartScreen website to view a full list of qualifications that are available.

As well as expert support through our advisor and consultancy team; we also offer learning resources that not only help to create engaging lessons but embed learning. Visit our teaching and learning website for more information.



The update

Automotive newsletter

This newsletter features:

  • Important notice about transitioning to the new modern apprenticeship frameworks for body and paint.

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City & Guilds working in partnership with EIS to support Scottish teachers

A further round of funding has been made available by the Scottish Government for a new intake of teachers onto the City & Guilds' online Master-level programme in the country. This is in partnership with EIS, Scotland's largest teaching union.

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New modern apprenticeships in Construction Building

We’re pleased to announce that the following City & Guilds qualifications have been approved and are available for delivery as part of the Modern Apprenticeship in Construction Building at SCQF Level 6.

Scottish Government - modern apprenticeship target announced

In January 2018, the Scottish Government announced that at least 28,000 new apprentices will be trained in 2019, with increased support for rural areas and key sectors.

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City & Guilds Group CEO Chris Jones visits PRTA winner East Coast FM

Chris Jones and Sally Eley, who leads the Princess Royal Training Awards team, visited winners' East Coast FM. The community radio station based on the outskirts of Edinburgh enables any member of their community to develop their skills in radio - both the broadcasting and technical sides.

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Events and CPD training

From staff development & continuous professional development (CPD) programmes, digital learning materials through to our Advance consultancy service we have a range of solutions designed to support colleges and training providers to increase the effectiveness of their delivery and keep up to date with changes in the sector.

We understand that excellence is achieved through people. To help support your staff, visit our CPD page for designed and highly relevant events.

For up-to-date information, please contact us via email