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We make a positive contribution to the development of effective commercial education and training.

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Learn, Apply,
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Our goal is to invest in initiatives which help people Learn new skills; successfully Apply these skills to the world of work; and Achieve prosperous and rewarding lives.

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We support programmes which bring business and commerce together with teaching and education.

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The world of work
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We aim to create opportunities for educators, employers and policy makers to work together to develop the skills sets which will be essential for a modern workforce.

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CET is an independent charity which believes commercial education is essential to the development of young people so they can thrive both at work and within society more widely.

We support programmes which build the knowledge, skills, understanding and capabilities of young people so that they can prepare for employment, self-employment and enterprise.

Our Stakeholders

Education providers are key to developing a culture that values skills and business knowledge, as well as academic learning. They are gatekeepers to ensuring students have opportunities from early on in their education to develop the capabilities needed to meet changing work requirements.

Employers play a key role in bringing the workplace into the classroom and in helping young people form positive attitudes towards schooling, further and higher education, and the early stages of employment or self-employment.

There are real benefits to students engaging in activities which develop their personal skills; provide guidance on career options; give them work placements and mentoring; and enable them to experience enterprise and trade. Delivery of these activities should be integral to the curriculum across all compulsory phases.

About Us

CET is an independent charity which believes commercial education is essential to the development of young people. We support programmes which build the knowledge, skills, understanding and capabilities of young people so that they can prepare for employment, self-employment and enterprise.
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Recent Projects

We fund a range of charities and organisations, encouraging the development of commercial education from primary school level through to higher education. We play a proactive role in developing projects to achieve maximum impact.
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About Commercial Education

At the heart of commercial education is our ability to foster basic commercial nous and business intelligence in all young people – from primary school through to further and higher education and into early years at work.
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How to Apply

We accept applications for funding at any time of the year. Normally, the application process involves dialogue with our trustees and advisors which may take place over several weeks or months.
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CET Lecture 2018

CET was pleased to welcome many representatives from business and commerce, education and academia and the charity sector to its 2018 Lecture delivered by Justin King CBE on 15 November 2018 at the Francis Crick Institute.
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Future-Proofing the Next Generation

Today's school leavers and graduates face a future certain to bring uncertainty. Many will be doing jobs that do not yet exist, using technologies and skills yet to be invented. CET recently commissioned a study of what types of learning experiences are currently available to help young people both understand the world of commerce, and to develop the skills and attitudes needed for a successful working life.

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Today’s school leavers and graduates face a future certain to bring uncertainty. Many will be doing jobs that do not yet exist, using technologies and skills yet to be invented. CET recently commissioned a study of what types of learning experiences are currently available to help young people both understand the world of commerce, and to develop the skills and attitudes needed for a successful working life.

A research team led by Professor (Emeritus) Prue Huddleston of the University of Warwick’s Centre for Education Studies carried out the study, which included a literature review, followed by observations and interviews at five case study organisations and focus group work.

The study concludes that while it is vital to prepare students to move into the world beyond education, how this is done is just as important as to whether it is done at all; that to be effective, such education needs to be integral to the curriculum, not a ‘nice to have’ add-on; that financial constraints are holding back educators from doing more to develop the know-how, attitudes which young people need to succeed in work and other parts of their lives; that even with limited resources, schools would be more likely to prioritise commercial education if it became part of a statutory personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum; and that methods used to assess traditional learning are not always appropriate for programmes designed to develop enterprise and employability.

 

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By joining forces, we can do more to provide young people with the opportunities to Learn new skills and choose their career path, to Apply their learning to the world of work; and to enable them to Achieve successful and rewarding lives.
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