At City and Guilds developing the skills of people and organisations for their personal and economic growth comes first and last in everything that we do. This is why we are very excited with this new partnership created with London Youth, who we have supported to develop their Quality Mark Standards Programme. As their partner we are very happy for our name to be associated with the London Youth Quality Mark which we see as a way of helping us to realise our vision.arrow
Because of our commitment to high quality and capacity building, supporting our members to become the best they can be.
Supporting our members, just like your organisation, to achieve quality standards is a core aim at London Youth. The London Youth Quality Mark is the only quality assurance scheme for youth organisations which is accredited by City and Guilds and, uniquely, involves young people in assessment.
It provides youth organisations with a badge of excellence that they can show to local authorities, funders and young people to prove they are doing the most they can to transform lives. The Quality Mark is designed to be straightforward, ideal for all kinds of community-based youth work.
Check out our members’ map to find out who is currently a Quality Mark holder.
If you want to find out more please get in touch with or speak to the Membership Development Team. You’ll need to become a member of London Youth to undertake the Quality Mark, but there are no other additional costs attached.
Unrestricted Funds for Quality Mark holders
The City Bridge Trust are currently awarding members who have achieved silver and gold levels of the Quality Mark with unrestricted funding.
The awards are available to voluntary run member organisations that achieve either the silver award of £5,000 or the gold award of £7,000. Members who achieve reaccreditation of silver or gold after three years are awarded £3,000.
Each organisation will be able to claim one award. We are really grateful to City Bridge Trust for their support to organisations seeking to do high quality youth work.
Nationally recognised and accredited
The London Youth Quality Mark was created over eight years ago through a partnership of regional youth work bodies. The framework is now used as part of the national Ambition Quality framework which is endorsed by both UK Youth and the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services.
In 2009 and again in 2015 City & Guilds announced they are accrediting the London Youth Quality Mark.
Members can achieve three levels within the Quality Mark; Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Bronze award focuses on the policies and procedures clubs need to have in place to ensure they are operating legally and safely. Silver focuses more on the opportunities provided to young people, as well as their training and support provided to staff and volunteers. The Gold award is a badge of excellence which focuses on providing evidence that the club is committed to continuous improvement and involves young people at all levels. It is expected that all clubs who are members of London Youth work towards the Bronze award as a minimum.
Chris JonesChris Jones Director-General, City & Guilds