We link

the kitchen


& education


Why we’re Here…

Why The Kitchen Education Trust Exists

The kitchen industry offers tremendous opportunities for those with the right skill set, yet currently there is a widening skills gap. TKET exists to address this problem.

Who We Are…

What is TKET?

The Kitchen Education Trust is a registered charity made up of industry professionals that provide a link between the kitchen sector and education.

Our aim is to bring together emerging talent with the opportunities offered by kitchen industry.


How We Work…

What TKET does…

With the support of kitchen industry sponsors we are working to establish a professional route into the industry from apprenticeships through to degree level education, that will equip the industry with the necessary skills for the future.

We help shape the Kitchen Design Foundation Degree Course at Buckinghamshire New University and act as an intermediary for the kitchen sector, bringing students and sponsors together in the award of scholarships.

Find out more about the opportunities as student…

Where does support for TKET come from?

Our sponsors are leading members of the kitchen industry who recognise the need for industry specific education. Through their charitable donations we are able to sponsor students and connect them with available opportunities in the kitchen industry.


TKET Sponsors…

You’ll get highly trained employees with a credible qualification, a voice in shaping the course and an investment in the future of your business.

For opportunities to become more involved with The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET), please contact TKET Chairman Craig Matson here…

Jamie Harding, Commercial Director KCA – Kitchen Retailer

“We used to do our own training but being busy affording the time to commit to training was often a big problem. This course is a fast track to a superb education and brings new, fresh ideas to our studio. It shows in the figures, and is paying dividends with conversion rates and an overall upward trend. I recommend it 100% to anyone thinking of sending a student on the course.”

David Sanders Sales Director Blum UK - Corporate Sponsor

“Blum values education, you only have to look at the 290 apprentices worldwide and 3 in the UK to validate this commitment, and when the opportunity arose to be part of this exciting project to support education within the UK KBB industry, we had no hesitation in declaring our support.”

Craig Matson, Managing Director Roundhouse

“Kitchens are a multi-million-pound global industry. For those working in it, a professional education is becoming increasingly necessary, as clients become savvier about design and demand more from the companies they approach. The Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design meets this need and raises the profile of the sector. Studios employing qualified designers can attract higher net worth prospects. An academic qualification in design brings a greater level of professionalism to the kitchen industry, improving credibility with other industry professionals, retail clients and developers.”

Get involved as a Sponsor

The kitchen sector needs the right people with the appropriate skill set to meet the increasing demands of our evolving industry.

Your business can commit to improved professionalism by sponsoring someone on your existing staff, or by making a charitable donation to assist a new student applicant. There are a number of levels of sponsorship available.

Become a student…

Whether you wish to extend your kitchen sector knowledge, or you are starting from scratch, the award-winning, distance learning, Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design at Buckinghamshire New University could be just what you are looking for.

You gain a formal qualification in Kitchen Design and you’ll be more informed and creative with better design skills, product knowledge and understanding of the kitchen industry .

You receive training that meets the needs of a fast paced, changing and demanding industry, taught at the highest level by industry experts.



You can fit your assignments around full or part time work.


Tutored online by kitchen experts, there are just three compulsory residential weekends each year.

Students need to apply now. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in attending the course.

SEE what they have to say…


Thomas Winfield, Graduate, Blum UK
“I really enjoyed the course, and being exposed to the many different sides of design thinking. One lecture which really stood out was by Andreas Fabian, where he led an interpretation of design using the shapes and parts of spoons! I also enjoyed a project management scheme, which included a trip to the Roundhouse factory, following a kitchen from initial concept to the end installation. One of our most challenging projects was to design the kitchen area for a Maggie Centre in Dundee, designed by Frank Gehry; it was great to be using our skills in a real-life situation…”
Natalie, 2nd Year Student, Kitchen Etc
“I work for Kitchen Etc in Norfolk, a family business specialising in designing and installing bespoke handmade kitchens. This course is enabling me to achieve my final goal and my dream of becoming a professional specialist designer who can then take over the company fully and expand and evolve the company as I desire.

I have learnt more in my first year than I could ever have imagined and my confidence has grown dramatically to the point where I am now starting to move into design and feeling comfortable about it.”


Contact Us

020 321 3922