City & Guilds annual review of prices

Our aim is always to keep our prices as fair as possible. We review our prices every year as part of the annual review of our products and services. We recognise that training providers and colleges are under financial pressure and price increases are not always easy to take on board. This is why, for a few years, we have kept our price increases on average below inflation. Any price increases we make reflect the cost of delivering the products and services we provide, including qualifications and end-point assessments.

Our annual review ensures we can:

  • continue to provide one of the widest sets of sector portfolios with an exceptional range of choice, whether that is for apprenticeships, T Levels or other qualifications;
  • continue to invest in our products and services and evolve skills solutions for the future;
  • continue to invest in our charitable purpose.

When prices are revised, they are made available from the beginning of August in Walled Garden, our secure administration platform.

What does City & Guilds spend money on?

Our charitable purpose and the fulfilment of our Royal charter are important to us – this means we are not driven by profits and shareholders, so you can be confident our prices are fair, competitive and continue to represent excellent value.

Every year we significantly invest in improving our existing products and services alongside developing new ones.

We reinvest any surplus we make back into a wide range of areas that customers and learners benefit from, including:

  • improving and developing our education provision, including fair and rigorous assessments;
  • responding to and servicing changes to regulatory requirements;
  • our Foundation, which drives £5 of social value to every £1 we spend;
  • delivery of our free customer events;
  • development of our inclusive curriculum.

How City & Guilds is investing for the future

Although City & Guilds is a charity and does not make a profit, our services are being sold and provided in a competitive and commercial marketplace. We therefore make a net surplus to allow reinvestment back into our organisation, which in turn enables us to maintain and grow our high-quality products for customers and learners.

We invest in a broad range of areas, including: the expertise of our people, our technology, delivering on our net zero targets and developing our qualifications, apprenticeships and assessments – including adjusting to the future education landscape as part of England’s post-16 technical qualification reform that the Department for Education are leading.

We work hard to manage our costs. If you would like more of an understanding of how careful we are with how we spend and invest, you can see our impact report and annual report, and find out about our responsible business and net zero plans: