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Cities of learning is an inclusive approach that promotes and recognises learning wherever it happens.

Developed by the RSA and City and Guilds Group, Cities of Learning creates valuable new pathways into learning and employment by connecting and amplifying formal, informal, and in-work learning opportunities that exist across a place through a system of digital Open Badges.

Individuals have access to an online platform which makes opportunities visible, and allows them to develop personalised progression routes into new opportunities, as well as showcase their achievements.

The Cities of Learning approach is tailored to the needs and priorities of each City or place, and built in partnership with local learning providers, employers and civic leaders. 

Meet the UK cities leading the movement

What people are saying about Cities of Learning

"Spreading innovations such as Cities of Learning across borders can be a game changer for education, worldwide.

We will continue to encourage as many stakeholders as possible including schools, educators, administrators, students and organisations to get involved so that we can work towards a positive future."

Saku Tuominen

Chief Executive Officer, HundrED

"Contributing to the Cities of Learning programme will help us gain an understanding of how people and communities are interacting with new technology, the barriers they may face - perceived or actual - to maximising the benefits of that techology and how we can work with our partners in industry to improve their experience."

Richard Brophy

Head of Corporate Responsibility, OpenReach

“This is a really exciting project for Plymouth to be a part. We’re going to be making the whole city a digital learning campus which will ultimately encourage more people to take part in learning. As a council we are determined to ensure our young people are skilled and ready to step into the world of work and Cities of Learning is a way for students to keep a digital record of that learning.”

Councillor Jon Taylor

Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Transformation


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