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Significant shifts in labour markets driven by mega-trends like climate change, technological progress, and digitisation are reshaping the demand for skills across Africa. Cognitive, socio-emotional, technical, and digital skills are increasingly essential for African populations to remain competitive both regionally and globally.

While the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated trends like digitalisation and regional cooperation, it has also accentuated existing skill shortages, emphasising the need for policies to boost productivity and address migration impacts. This highlights the importance of governments investing in education and training for widespread digital and vocational skill distribution. Skills gaps persist across sectors like technology, healthcare, and infrastructure and there is a high demand for leadership and management skills, digital skills, and soft skills.

This makes reskilling and preparing the workforce for the future, driving innovation, investment in talent development, and fostering collaboration to enhance global competitiveness even more important. City & Guilds offers tailored learning and credentialing solutions designed for current needs and future readiness, bridging the skills gap across the continent in partnership with employers, providers, and governments.

Our international offer that serves local needs

As workplaces evolve, so do we. That’s why City & Guilds sets the standard for skills that transform lives, industries and economies.

Our extensive offering including qualifications, accreditation, consultancy and credentialing provides the skills needed to help individuals and organisations to develop their talents and abilities for career progression.


Our qualifications are designed to meet the needs of our customers in Africa while maintaining an international standard and are widely accepted by employers around the world. 

The qualifications we offer are available to learners ranging from new entrants to the job market, to experienced employees wishing to acquire new skills. 

Explore the range of qualifications available in your region. 

South Africa: 

  • Hair 
  • Hospitality 
  • Leadership & Management   

Rest of Africa: 

  • Automotive engineering 
  • Engineering 
  • Digital Skills 
  • Hospitality 
  • Hair 
  • Beauty 
  • Leadership & Management   

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Training recognition - assured

We also offer recognition of existing in-house training. City & Guilds and ILM Assured puts our quality stamp against your in-house training, by assessing it against our quality standard. 

Gaining Assured status will help you upskill your teams, drive staff engagement and retention and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace through your commitment. 

The service adds value to any type of training, whatever the content, format or length, recognising face-to-face, e-learning, assessed and non-assessed programmes. We also recognise training in local language. 

Assured also includes digital credentials, the most innovative and effective way to recognise and share an online portfolio of growing skills. 

Assured is a valuable business improvement tool, showing you how to take your training from good to great. 

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Our consultancy services will ensure that your training needs are covered from a-z. Our team of consultants have worked with organisations in every field from around the world and they bring with them the expertise to help your business harness the talent of its staff – both current and future. 

Using our expertise in skills development, training, delivery and capacity building we will work with you and your teams to review your people plan and talent pipeline and develop a careers road map. 

  1. Customised programme 
  2. Embedding government education policy in your business 
  3. Review your current training provision, capacity, mapping and skills gap analysis 
  4. Ensure compliance with regulatory bodies


We have extensive global experience in providing solutions to assist clients in terms of technical advice. This includes working with industries and governments to provide solutions to addressing national skills strategies or specialised industry needs. What's more, we can also provide support if you are looking for a tailored solution such as additional qualifications or accrediting your own training. 

Read our case study on our partnership with the Ministry of Education in Jamaica >


ILM provides leadership and management qualifications as well as recognition programmes for training providers and employers. Our customers span all industries and sectors – from small business to governments worldwide. 

Our suite of products and services has been designed to develop managers and leaders, enabling them to improve staff productivity and drive business performance. Within this suite you will find flexible leadership and management qualifications, recognition for in-house training, approval for training centres, and full guidance and support services. 

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Our proud history in Africa

With deep roots across Africa, City & Guilds began its journey in the early 1950s, providing certification in East Africa.

With a profound need for upskilling, we have been able to expand and help people and businesses across Africa by providing qualifications, assessment and credentialing solutions.

Since then, we have been established as the leading skills awarding body, setting the standard across Africa and around the world.

In 2014, City & Guilds acquired Kineo South Africa, which enabled us to strengthen our offer to employers providing workplace learning.

Today, we have expanded our reach to more than 14 countries around Africa and continue to live by our purpose; to help people into a job, develop on the job and move on to the next one.

  • Botswana
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


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