In line with the Careers Strategy, the Department for Education, through The Careers & Enterprise Company, is investing £2 million in developing and extending career-related learning in primary schools. 

The Fund will build the evidence base through both scaling and evaluating existing careers programmes and developing and testing new programmes through incubation and support. 

Express your interest

About the fund

Career-related learning in primary schools is about exploration, understanding and challenging stereotypes for all children.  

We know that children as young as six start to adopt stereotypes based on gender, ethnicity and social background. These stereotypes impact on engagement in learning and go on to influence career aspirations and subject choices as they progress through secondary school. 

Helping children to expand their ideas of who they could become is a fundamental part of career-related learning in primary education. Existing programmes and ideas for interventions will greatly benefit both from the support of this Fund and the evaluation that is integral to it. We are seeking projects to apply for funding to help children keep their horizons broad and the doors open.

How to apply

We are inviting applicants that can commence delivery over one academic year from September 2019 to July 2020.

  • Applicants can either bid to scale existing programmes or apply to develop new ideas. For those bidders applying for the latter there is a small amount of seed funding and support available. 
  • Applications are welcome from, but not limited to, schools, careers hubs, local authorities, local enterprise partnerships, multi-academy trusts and careers providers.
  • Applicants will be able to register their interest in the fund from early 2019.
  • Bidders must submit their proposal by 3pm on Friday 15 February 2019.
  • Any questions can be sent to: primaryfund@careersandenterprise.co.uk

We want as many young people as possible to benefit from this investment – if you know of any other organisations that might be interested, please pass this information on. 

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