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City & Guilds TechBac is a new vocational learning option for 14-19 year olds. It’s been designed in partnership with industry to help prepare young people for the realities of the workplace.

This unique course combines the relevant technical skills with essential ‘soft’ skills and workplace behaviours identified by employers. 65% of employers believe today’s qualifications don't adequately prepare young people for work.*

The Technical Qualifications within TechBac have been recognised by the Department for Education (DfE) as being on par with GCSEs and A Levels. They have also been endorsed by leading employers like EDF Energy, Bosch, RSPCA, Microsoft and Samsung.

*City & Guilds research conducted by OnePoll in September 2014 among 1,000 employer

What will a TechBac graduate look like?

Prepared, confident and capable.  These are just some of the key attributes that a TechBac graduate will bring to your business.

City & Guilds TechBac goes above and beyond just the Technical Qualification. It also places emphasis on the critical ‘soft skills’ and workplace behaviours that employers have told us are missing. This ensures that our graduates are confident and fully prepared for the real-world work environment.

And because hands-on learning is at the heart of TechBac, this ensures that young people are also capable of performing the technical skills needed to do the job.

What does TechBac consist of?

TechBac consists of two main elements: 

  • City & Guilds Technical Qualification
    A high quality practical qualification designed with employers to give learners the technical skills and knowledge needed within a subject area. Technical Qualifications have UCAS points at Level 3, which enables learners to progress onto university.

Our Technical Qualifications are available in the following subject areas:

Find out more about our Technical Qualifications 

  • City & Guilds Workplace Skills
    A new learning experience that gives learners up to 24 transferable soft skills,  attitudes and abilities to help them succeed in the work environment. It also includes a nationally recognised Project Qualification, innovative elearning, a quality work placement, and an annual

Team Challenge – a national competition set and judged by employers.

Find out more about  Workplace Skills

Help shape TechBac 

As an employer, getting involved with TechBac is not only a great way to connect with young people, but also to support your corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda.

There are a number of things you can do:

  • Get involved in the development or endorsement of our Technical Qualifications and TechBac
    There are still opportunities to support our Technical Qualifications and to shape the next phase of TechBac. Working in partnership with employers is the only way for us to ensure your future needs are being met.
    To get involved contact 14-19recognition@cityandguilds.com
  • Support your local college and students
    You can also help to give young people in your area the skills they need to succeed by supporting your local college with the delivery of TechBac.
  • Join our LinkedIn group

Ways you can get involved include:

  • Provide work experience placements to learners
  • Participate in projects, exercises or assessments, acting as an ‘expert witness’
  • Help to deliver a particular topic or module to learners
  • Deliver a masterclass or act as a guest lecturer
     Talk to your local college to see how you can get involved in the delivery of their 14-19 qualifications.


Employer testimonials


Lynne Matthews

External Partnerships Manager Campus, EDF Energy

"At EDF Energy we recognise the importance of getting involved in skills development at grass roots level and we see TechBac as an extremely positive change in vocational education.

With the increase in infrastructure projects in the UK, as well as the global pull on skills, any qualification that aims to inspire the next generation in these critical growth areas can only be a good thing. We’re looking forward to seeing the first TechBac students develop and take their skills into companies such as ours.”


Carl Arntzen

Managing Director, Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd

“Bosch first got involved in TechBac through the Innovation Council as it seemed to be offering the perfect combination of vocational education backed up with work experience.

I’m a really strong believer in good quality vocational education at the earliest age possible, supplemented with real-life work experience so that people are work ready when they enter employment.
The job isn’t done yet but TechBac is heading in the right direction and I am looking forward to continuing to refine and improve the Technical Qualifications to help reduce the skills shortages I’m facing.”


Paul Jagger

Business Area Manager for IBM Learning Development

“What particularly impresses me about TechBac is that the needs of employers are reflected in the teaching and assessment – intended to develop a rounded professional.

This has been achieved through the inclusion of practicing IT industry specialists and further education practitioners in the design, development and review of all teaching and assessment content.”

Team Challenge

Find out more information about the annual Team Challenge.
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Technical Qualifications

Find out more about our new Technical Qualifications – designed with, and for, employers.

Workplace Skills

Find out how City & Guilds Workplace Skills is preparing young people for employment.
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