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The Careers and Enterprise Company launch new funding pot for primary school career programmes

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As part of the careers strategy, the Department for Education, through the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC), is investing £2 million in projects that develop and extend career-related learning in primary schools. 

 The 'Primary Fund' is intended to build evidence by both scaling and evaluating existing programmes and developing and testing new programmes.

All programmes must align to the six lessons for practice identified in the What Works in Primary research report, published alongside the launch of the fund, in order to be eligible for funding. These are:

  • Involve employers and parents.
  • Start early – the CEC is interested in interventions across all primary year groups.
  • Ensure activities are personalised and relevant to age group.
  • Demonstrate successful leadership which embeds career-related learning in a whole school strategy.
  • Embed career-related learning in the curriculum.
  • Make this open to all. Bidders will need to set out the reasons for any application that is not suitable for all students either within a year group, key stage or whole school.

All delivery must take place in primary schools. Funding can be used for delivery, coordination, or a combination of both.


How to apply

Bidders must submit their proposal by 3pm on Friday 15 February 2019. 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. More information on the fund and how to apply is available in the Primary Fund Prospectus.

Applicants should register their interest through the CEC bidding portal, and questions can be sent to

First published 03 January 2019