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Caribbean and the Americas

Caribbean and the Americas

What products and services do we offer?

We offer a range of regionally relevant products and services to help address local skills gaps. Our qualifications cover 12 sectors and categories most relevant to the region.  Our services, specifically accreditation, which we offer to employers to ensure that their in-house training courses meet international standards.

Our products

We offer a wide range of qualifications through our centres. These include our Single Subject qualifications, enabling learners to acquire skills in a combined range of single subjects to meet their specific development needs.

Industry sectors covered by our qualifications:

  •  Construction
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare
  • Tourism
  • Food Preparation
  • Motor Vehicle Engineering
  • Security
  • Skills Proficiency Awards

Our services

Educational institutions: Our services are designed to help improve the quality of teaching, efficiency of delivery and to build their business:

  • Assessment and certification services
  • Course materials and administration tools
  • Quality, sales and business development
  • Customer Service

Governments: We offer our services to governments who want to create a skilled workforce, in order to provide their citizens with job and educational opportunities. Our services include:

  • Consultancy
  • Embedding qualifications into the national curriculum
  • Setting up Technical Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) systems
  • Designing and developing qualification frameworks
  • Designing and developing occupational standards

Employers: Our accreditation service is available to employers wishing to ensure that their in-house training courses meet strict international standards and provide their staff with relevant skills.

Who works with us?

We work with regional governments, educational providers and employers providing skills that help local societies and economies to develop.

Education providers and centres: We have worked with the following educational providers and centres, who provide a number of our internationally recognised qualifications to local learners.

  • Caribbean Maritime Institute, Jamaica
  • Trinizuela Technical and Vocational College, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Kenson School of Production Technology, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Advantage Caribbean Institute, Barbados

Governments: We have worked with the following governments in the region to offer City & Guilds qualifications in post-secondary and tertiary education, establish these qualifications as minimum vocational standards in a range of industries, and also support high school leavers to sit exams in order to gain our Maths & English qualifications as part of the Career Advancement Programme (CAP):

  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Jamaica
  • Bermuda

Employers: We have worked with a number of employers in the region, providing educational solutions to train and certify their staff. Among others, we cooperated with the following companies:

  • BP Trinidad and Tobago, energy company
  • Score Valves, Trinidad & Tobago, supplier to energy companies
  • A number of private security companies in Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago

Why should you choose us?

City & Guilds has a reputation in the region as a respected global qualifications awarding body.

Benefits of working with us - at a glance

  • Offering our products increases the recognition of centres
  • We set up our qualifications portfolio to match local needs
  • We develop the local workforce
  • We apply our strict global quality standards – the City & Guilds logo is a seal of guarantee
  • We have 130 years of global and over 80 years of local experience in vocational education and training
  • Our qualifications are globally recognised – learners can find work abroad
  • City & Guilds is cost effective, qualifications come with handbooks, standards, examinations, syllabuses and certifications enabling our customers save money
  • Our regional office is based in the Caribbean, offering a range of services locally, during local working hours

We are proud of our history in the region

For over 80 years, City & Guilds has been offering vocational training products and services in Caribbean and the Americas.

Since then, we have established a network of 60 centres in 10 countries throughout the region, with most recently opening an office in Barbados in 2011.

  • Antigua
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize 
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands

Our offices in the region:

Jamaica and the rest of the region
Marva Duncanson
City & Guilds Jamaica Rep Office
Lee Gore Business Centre - Unit #15
31 Upper Waterloo Rd
Kingston 10,  Jamaica
T: +1 876 924 7804 / +1 876 924 7808
/+1 876 906 7630
Telefax: +1 876 924 7950
General email:


Training needs

In Caribbean and the Americas, skills shortages affect both school leavers trying to find work or pursue further education and experienced workers with an outdated skill set.

Many young people in the region find it challenging to secure formal employment, because a large proportion of high school graduates leave without any formal qualifications.

We responded to these needs by signing contracts with regional governments to offer our Mathematics & English qualifications through secondary schools. Qualified school leavers are then able to fulfill criteria to progress into jobs, vocational or tertiary education.

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Our activities

Our activities in Caribbean and the Americas are underpinned by our mission to help people, organisations and countries prosper through vocational education.

We shape our products and services to adapt to the changing needs of the region.

An example of how we responded to emerging skills needs is our work with the local security industry: reacting to a demand from Caribbean security companies, we have introduced our internationally recognised security qualifications in the region.

Additional activities

In Trinidad and Tobago our objective was to increase the number of people in employment. Our approach was to provide accessible qualifications in the most needed job sectors in Trinidad and Tobago. As a result, over 120,000 learners, or over 11% of the population, were awarded with a City & Guilds qualification.

In Jamaica we have awarded over 30,000 candidates certifications in Mathematics & English and other skills since we started operating in the country.

Our learners are hardworking and successful; 35 learners achieved City & Guilds Medals of Excellence in 2015 and out of those 9 were Trinidadians. In the past, 5 former Jamaican learners’ excellence was recognised by gaining the prestigious City & Guilds Fellowship.


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