Careers & Enterprise Fund

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 the prospectus here.


Careers and enterprise activity providers can download example sections of the numerical application form ahead of the application process opening at the start of July. Please note that written and numerical forms will be part of the application process. The written application form can now be downloaded below. The numerical application form will be available on 5 July and please use the examples below to start gathering the necessary information. Please return to this webpage on 5 July for information on how to submit your application.

Example sections of the numerical application form:
Your organisation [PDF]
Your programme [PDF]
Delivery and cost information [PDF]
Cost of your programme [PDF]

Download written application form here.

A rate card detailing your organisation and the programmes you offer will also need to be completed as part of your application, using a template that we will supply.
Example of a rate card [PDF]

Questions can be sent to before 5pm on Thursday 12th July.


The deadline for applications is 3pm on 19th July 2018.


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