south asia banner

South Asia

South Asia

What products and services do we offer?

We offer an extensive portfolio of both products and services to our customers in the region.

Our products

Our vocational qualifications cover 12 industries ranging from the hospitality to the construction sector. These courses are available to learners ranging from new entrants to the job market, to experienced employees wishing to acquire new skills.

Industry sectors covered by our qualifications:*

Our vocational qualifications have been developed to address skills gaps across South Asia as a whole. They cover a range of sectors:

  • Retail skills
  • Social media
  • Teaching
  • Telecommunications
  • Training & assessing learning
  • Transport

*Courses per region are as follows:

Sri Lanka – All of the above courses are offered.

Pakistan – Beauty, Construction, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality, Telecommunications.

Bangladesh – Construction, Engineering, Hospitality, Telecommunications, Transport.

Case Study: Vocational Education in Sri Lanka

Our services

Educational Institutions: 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 technical and soft skills by working directly with Centres
  • Improving learners’ English skills by working directly with Centres
  • Sales and business development 

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
  • Uplifting skill levels, providing a pathway for employability
  • Designing and developing qualification frameworks
  • Designing and developing occupational standards

Who works with us?

Our customers in South Asia are governments, education providers and training centres to whom we offer our accreditation, qualifications and consultancy in order to provide skills needed for growth.

Why should you choose us?

  • We offer globally recognised qualifications
  • We build our qualifications portfolio to match local needs
  • We apply strict quality standards sought by the South Asia market – the City & Guilds logo is a seal of guarantee
  • We have 130 years of global experience in vocational education and training
  • Offering our products increases the recognition of centres
  • We direct our customers to the City & Guilds business unit with the best solution for them
  • Our South Asia office a range of services locally, during local working hours
  • We can provide an online support and resource tool portal, SmartScreen, which allows training centres to access qualification-specific lesson plans, handouts, videos, exercises and presentations

Case Study: City & Guilds qualification paves the way to becoming a Chartered Engineer

We are proud of our history in the region

For 120 years, City & Guilds has been offering qualifications throughout South Asia through businesses and centres.

  • Bangladesh
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka


In 1890, City & Guilds opened its first office in Sri Lanka, focusing on six main qualifications: Construction, Transport, Engineering, Telecommunications, Hospitality and Hair & Beauty. 

Today, we have expanded to Pakistan and Bangladesh where we have structured our training to enable learners to gain their first job and are a global hub for labour migration, particularly to the Middle East.

City & Guilds Centre for Excellence winners 2016-17 announced! Click for more on your regional winner.

Find out more

Our offices in the region:


City & Guilds Pakistan
Suite # 302-A
Siddiq Trade Centre
T: +92 423 5787682-5

Sri Lanka
City & Guilds
Level 9-3, East Tower
World Trade Centre
Colombo 01
Sri Lanka
T: +94 11 5864045-6 

engineer-case1 png

Training needs

Currently, South Asia is experiencing a skills shortage*, specifically a deficit of technical and soft skills, and high levels of youth unemployment and underemployment.

As a result, investing in technical, training, leadership and English and communication skills is a priority for both the public and private sector.

To address these issues, City & Guilds is offering a portfolio of globally recognised qualifications designed specifically to the requirements of local employers in the hospitality, IT, and business process outsourcing (BPO) sectors.

We are also helping on a national scale, by developing skills in the region in the form of partnerships across business, government and institutions to develop appropriate incentives, financing and learning solutions to meet demand.

*Statistics and analysis from The Economist, January 2015, 'Skills needed: Addressing South Asia's deficit of technical and soft skills, Analysing the gap in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, An Economist Intelligence Unit report produced for the British Council'.

southasia-our-activities jpg

Our activities

In Sri Lanka, we are helping the government reform education to create a skilled workforce and have been a leading international vocational qualification body for over 120 years.

As a result of this work, we achieved City & Guilds Lion Awards in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The Lion Awards showcase the very best talent in vocational education and are a culmination of our Medals for Excellence awards programme, which dates back well over 100 years.

The awards recognise excellent results as well as those who show a true journey of progression throughout the course of their learning. Many candidates overcome significant challenges to achieve their goals.

In Bangladesh and Pakistan, we have also helped develop education and training programmes. As such, we've increased the number of qualifications awarded on average by 15% per year.

Case studies - our successes in South Asia

south-asia-case1 jpg

Case Study: Vocational Education in Sri Lanka

In early 2013, a strategy was devised to promote vocational education for over 20,000 students studying O and A levels at selected schools in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.

These courses are rarely selected by students as they aren’t seen as ‘sexy’ and have a social stigma.

Many of the schools we visited have now started vocational education programs, mainly in engineering subjects. At Zahira College, Colombo, for example, a group of ex pupils has collaborated with the college's Board of Trustees to open a vocational training centre.

south-asia-case2 jpg

Case Study: pave the way to become a Chartered Engineer

Dinusha Wijeratne, the Works Manager attached to the State Engineering Corporation wanted to study to improve his engineering skills in order to further his career.

Following a City & Guilds Diploma, Dinusha was able to progress to an MSc in Civil Engineering (structural design) at the UK’s London South Bank University.

On 25 June 2012, Dinusha was awarded Chartered Engineer status at the ICE Asia Pacific conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka by Barry Clerk, President of the UK Institute of Civil Engineers.


Learn more about our qualifications

Read more


Contact our office in your country to learn how City & Guilds can help you
Read more