The Education and Training Directorate was formed in 1966 from the Education and Industrial Research Division of the Technical Directorate and the Training and Education Division of the Labour and Social Affairs Directorate, comprising the FBI's Education Committee. and the BEC's Industrial Education and Training Committee. (also called the Vocational Training Committee.). Between 1982 and 1986 the Company Affairs Directorate assumed control of Education and Training. This followed FBI practice where educational matters were the responsibility of the Technology Directorate. BEC influence is apparent in the classification scheme used long after the CBI's foundation.
Directors have been C.M. Woodhouse (1966-70), M.O. Bury (1970-86), and A.J. Webb (1986-95).
A certain amount of flexibility has been necessary in the arrangement of the files, due to the complexity of the organisation and the frequent movement of personnel and portfolios between departments and directorates, notably involving the Company Affairs Directorate. In general, files have been arranged according to the individual committees, working parties and panels which created them. In many instances the BEC classification scheme has been used as a guide to arrangement. Series of files have not been broken up where individual files in the series predate the foundation of the CBI but the series itself continues into the CBI period. Other files continue series which have already been listed in the BEC Archive.