Backing proven ideas

Our funding helps careers programme providers scale up successful careers and enterprise activities and create new opportunities to introduce young people to the world of work.  Our grants provide initial funding that sustainably takes proven programmes into areas of need, rapidly increasing the best provision where it will have the most impact.

We use our research to identify best practice in careers and enterprise and mentoring programmes and to leverage additional investment into the system, with more than £13.7 million in external funding secured to date.

The Careers & Enterprise Fund 2015 and 2016

The Careers & Enterprise Fund was set up to ensure that all young people are given multiple encounters with the fast-changing world of work. We award grants to careers programme providers to help them deliver more activities and employer encounters in secondary schools and colleges across England — especially in the geographical areas most in need of support, or ‘cold spots’.

  • Almost £10 million invested in 85 proven careers and enterprise programmes.
  • Plus more than £9.25 million in matched funding.
  • 75% invested in ‘cold spots’ areas in most need of support.
  • 450,000 young people set to benefit.

Read about the Careers & Enterprise Fund
Read our research: Understanding the careers cold spots 2016 

Mentoring Fund and Community

Our Mentoring Fund invests in organisations across England that run successful mentoring programmes — helping them to deliver more activities and reach more young people.
The Mentoring Community, supported by the Enterprise Adviser Network, brings organisations together to share best practice, deepen their understanding of effective mentoring programmes and identify the best ways to support young people in their education and employment choices. 

  • An additional £4million invested in 39 mentoring programmes.
  • Funding will support 25,000 pre-GCSE teenagers at risk of disengaging from education by 2020.

Read more on the Mentoring Fund and Mentoring Community
Research: What works in careers and enterprise?