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Over 63% of employers around Africa say they have an immediate skills gap that affects their business today.

With economic and digital development, there is a strong need to develop skills that reskill and prepare the workforce for the future.

City & Guilds opens doors to a new way of learning and credentialing skills that focuses on what is needed of today and preparing organisations and workforces alike for the future.

We offer an extensive portfolio of world-class skills development solutions specifically developed with the employer, provider and student in mind.

Working with employers, providers and Government alike, we help bridge the skills gap affecting the continent.

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 within 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. Our international qualifications are widely accepted by employers around the world.

Our qualifications 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.

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Training recognition - assured

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

Through gaining Assured status you will be able to upskill your teams, drive staff engagement and retention and gain a competitive advantage in the market place through your commitment.

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

Assured also include digital credentials, provided by digitalme. 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.

Find out more information about our Assured service or contact us on email:


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 program
  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 industry and governments to provide solutions in addressing national skills strategies or specialised industry needs. What's more, if you are looking for a tailored solution such as additional qualifications or accrediting your own training, we can support with this as well.

Launching a global benchmark

The Global Hospitality Certification, by City & Guilds, is a brand new global skills framework for the hospitality industry. Created in partnership with Worldchefs and employers, it is the first and only professional skills framework in the world. It has been co-designed with industry professionals to recognise the skills and experience of those working in hospitality.

The Certification sets a global benchmark for job roles across:

  • culinary
  • food and beverage
  • front of house
  • housekeeping.

The benchmark is quality assured by City & Guilds, building on over 140 years of experience and expertise in designing standards and assessing workplace competencies in the hospitality industry.

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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 is 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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Why work with City & Guilds?

  • We offer globally recognised qualifications
  • We set up our qualifications portfolio to match local needs
  • We have 140 years of global experience in vocational education and training
  • We provide an online support and resource tool portal, SmartScreen, which allows training centres to access qualification-specific lesson plans, handouts, videos, exercises and presentations

Why work with City & Guilds?

The City & Guilds story

Africa case studies

Our Case Studies

We are proud of our inspiring case studies from Africa.

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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

Learn more about our work in other regions

  • ASEAN and Greater China – including Brunei Darussalam, Burma, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
  • Caribbean and the Americas – including Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands.
  • India and Nepal
  • Middle East and North Africa – including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE.
  • Pacific – including Australia, Cook Islands, New Zealand.
  • South Asia – including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

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Our offices in the region: 

South Africa Office

(For Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana)

City & Guilds Regional Office
Spaces Waterfall Magwa Crescent
Ground & First Floor
Waterfall City, Midrand
South Africa

T: +27 10 009 5421
For all quality queries:
For all customer enquiries/queries:

Botswana Office

(For Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia)
The Hub iTowers CBD
Plot 54368, Western Commercial Road, First Floor Office 104
Gaborone, Botswana

Tel: +267 398 1934/ 40
For all customer enquiries/queries:

Build your talent from within through your in-house programmes and our quality standard

Find out more information about our Assured recognition service >


Our sister company ILM has a wide range of internationally recognised qualifications and programmes. Visit the ILM website for more information.


Our people and technology are driving the adoption of digital credentials, to close the gap between the skills employers need and the skills they can see. Visit the digitalme website for more information.

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