The Careers & Enterprise Fund was set up to ensure that all young people are given multiple encounters with the fast-changing world of work.

In 2018, we are continuing to focus our funding where it is needed most across England. We aim to scale up many existing, effective careers and enterprise programmes, and test and evaluate best practice in careers activity provision for young people in disadvantaged groups. We do this to ensure that young people’s futures are not determined by their backgrounds or different needs.   

The Careers & Enterprise Fund 2018

In the Careers & Enterprise Fund 2018 (CEF2018) we will allocate £4.2 million of investment focusing on geographical areas of need and targeting the most disadvantaged young people. The fund is split in two parts.

Part A - Employer Encounters: We will invest £2.5 million in programmes selected by schools and colleges in 35 areas of need. The schools and colleges will be offered access to ‘virtual wallets’ to make these selections.

  • £1.25 million will be invested in 10 Careers Hubs
  • £1.25 million will be invested in 25 areas of disadvantage

Part B - Disadvantaged groups:  £1.7 million will be invested for disadvantaged groups, identified by the Department for Education, to understand how to most effectively support these young people. The groups of focus are:

  • Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Children in care and care leavers
  • Gypsy, Roma and traveller young people

Download the prospectus

Detailed information about the Careers & Enterprise Fund 2018 and the application process can be found in the prospectus. 

Download Prospectus

Finalised list of Areas for Part A

This list provides the finalised list of areas receiving virtual wallets as part of CEF18 – Part A. 

List of Areas


Applications for the Careers & Enterprise Fund 2018 are now closed.

Please note that we are re-opening Part A applications for Cornwall & Isles of Scilly to ensure that a sufficient number of organisations will manage the demand for provision in the area. If you are interested in applying for Cornwall & Isles of Scilly only, please submit an application by 31st August 3pm, using the application guidance and forms found on this webpage. If your application is shortlisted, interviews will be held from 17-21 September. Please note that if your application includes other areas than Cornwall & Isles Of Scilly, those areas will not be considered.

Download Written Application Guidance

Section B & C Application Guidance

Download Numerical Application form

Section A Part A (Employer Encounters) Numerical Application Form

Download Guidance Document

The Guidance documents below have been designed to enable you to accurately complete the numerical section of the application. Please consult these before commencing your numerical application.

Section A Part A (Employer Encounters) Application Guidance document

Download Rate Card Template

Rate card template 

Please submit your application by uploading your applications via the link below. Please ensure you have all 3 parts of your application ready before you submit: the written application, the numerical application, the Rate Card (Only Part A), your marketing photos and logo (Only Part A). 

Submit your application 

Questions can be sent to 


Recordings of previous webinars for both providers and the Network are now available to be viewed:

View the network webinar for all of the new Investment Funds 
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View the network webinar for CEF18 
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View the provider webinar for CEF18 

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