We make a positive contribution to the development of effective commercial education and training.
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.
We support programmes which bring business and commerce together with teaching and education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Employer involvement in careers education yields a big return on investment, with a new study by the Education and Employers charity, supported by CET, suggesting that even short interventions can make a real difference.
This study used a randomised control trial to investigate whether attending just three career talks by employee volunteers had an impact on students’ GCSE results, the hours they planned to spend revising for these exams, their attitudes towards learning, and confidence in their career prospects. Around 650 Year 11 students from five schools took part in the trial and were split into an intervention group that attended three 20 to 30-minute careers talks and a control group that did not attend any.
The results indicate small but consistent improvements in the attitudes of the intervention group, and a ‘positive and statistically significant’ relationship between revision hours and career talks. The results also reveal an indicative, direct link between career talks and the intervention group outperforming their predicted GCSE results relative to the control group.