Commercial Education Trust : Recent Projects

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Recent Projects

Recent Projects

We fund projects that support the development of commercial awareness in young people and facilitate their transition from education into employment, self-employment and enterprise.

We fund Research, Practical Projects and Events, Seminars & Lectures that relate to skills development, employability, enterprise and trade.

Here are some of our recent projects:

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

Scaling Business Education for Undergraduate Engineers

It is widely accepted that engineering skills are greatly augmented by commercial and business skills, however the biggest pool of engineering education, Higher Education Institution (HEI) undergraduate degrees, lacks business content. This project supports David Falzani (Honorary Professor at NUBS) and his exploration, discovery and prototyping of a scalable route to introduce commercial and business education to undergraduate engineers, using business prize competitions and seminars.

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To date, competitions and seminars have been achieved at Nottingham University, City University London, University of Bristol and Kingston University. Additional funding from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation has led to an increase in the speed and scaling of prize competitions which will continue into 2019 and beyond.

Action Through Enterprise (ATE)

Action Through Enterprise (ATE)

BizATE – Business Development and Training, Lawra District, Ghana.

BizATE is a training programme which supports entrepreneurs and small business owners in a rural district of Ghana which endures high levels of poverty and where the majority of the population rely on subsistence farming to survive.

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The project provides small business owners (SBOs) with the necessary skills to kick start and grow a thriving business as a way of addressing the need for sustainable income generation in this region. With increased profits and savings, SBOs can support both themselves and their dependents. ATE’s approach ensures high retention and success rates, with SBOs on average trebling their monthly profit and securing savings for the future. Funding for this programme also includes the training of local trainers and consultants to deliver the programme. ATE is the only NGO providing business training in this part of Ghana.

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise

Improving the Skills and Commercial Education of Young People in Wales

Young Enterprise empowers young people to develop their personal and business skills: this project specifically supports their work in Wales so that enterprise education is prioritised and embedded in Welsh schools.

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The primary aim is to help approximately 3,000 learners aged 5-24 in educational centres across the country to develop essential employability skills such as confidence, communication, organisation, initiative, resilience, teamwork, problem solving and financial capability; and, to develop core behaviours such as self-esteem, aspiration, career intention and work readiness.

In 2018-19 the project will also train 70 teachers in enterprise and employability education and 20 teachers in financial and enterprise education. It will also involve the recruitment of volunteers from the world of business and commerce

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Young Chamber

CET supported LCCI’s Young Chamber pilot project to improve business engagement in schools, especially (although not exclusively) among SMEs. The project was designed to test out different types of business-school-student interventions in order to identify the best ways to help students and teachers better understand the world of work, and to develop employability skills.

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The project focused on the Croydon area in its initial phase. Ten schools and 45+ businesses were involved with 3,000+ students and pupils benefitting from in a series of events and activities. The project led to the production of a model of business engagement in schools which is being extended in Croydon and delivered more widely across London.”

Enabling Enterprise

Enabling Enterprise

Developing Enhanced Training to Teachers to Support Enterprise and Employability Skills

The objective of this project was to improve the teaching of eight key enterprise skills deemed essential to the development of young people; to produce a set of tools to teach them; to make these available at primary and secondary school level; and to evaluate the effectiveness of the project. Enabling Enterprise worked closely with teachers to create short skills videos, and content which is engaging and clear.

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Ultimately, this project was a contributor to the development of the organisation’s Skills Builder Framework (featured under ‘Useful Resources’) and Skills Builder Partnership which is a national coalition of educators, employers and others committed to establishing a common language for essential skills; and, an understanding of the outcomes for your people in developing these skills to a high level of competence.”

Useful Resources

Useful Resources

Below are links to a few resources we find useful and relevant to commercial education.  These relate to practical guides, research findings, events and…... Read more

Our Funding Priorities

Our Funding Priorities

We regard commercial education as embracing four main areas of activity: SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: education in the essential skills that are needed for employment as well…... Read more

General Exclusions

General Exclusions

We will not normally: support commercial organisations, charities not registered in the UK, or failing organisations or causes fund major capital projects (e.g. the…... Read more

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