E4e's Expansion

E4e, a Derby City Council initiative which links businesses with schools and students in order to raise aspirations and improve employability skills, has expanded its team in order to handle increasing demand for its services from schools across the city.

Paul Makinson and Tracy Goold have joined the team as deputy brokers and are joined by James Wakefield, who has been appointed project co-ordinator.

Paul, joins E4e from Bondholder Rolls-Royce, where he spent nearly 33 years and also headed-up Rolls- Royce’s team of E4e volunteers. Tracey is currently a teacher and will be working for e4e one day a week.

During the last academic year, e4e supported close on 6,000 students across 14 city centre secondary schools. The new appointments will enable e4e to expand its programme of activities across the city.

Activities now range from CV writing workshops, mock job interviews, and one-to- one mentoring sessions to industry visits, careers workshops and talks which give young people a better understanding of the career opportunities open to them, raise their aspirations and improves their employability skills along the way.

Speaking of E4e’s success over the past year and the recruitment of the new team members, Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Derby City Council, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Paul, Tracey and James to the busy E4e team. Their experience and knowledge of both the education sector and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) will be invaluable as we continue to expand the range of services that E4e offers."

E4e broker Arshad Iqbal added: “We now have a team of more than 400 volunteers, but we are always on the look-out for more people to join us. I would encourage anyone who can give just half a day a year of their time to sign up to volunteer and help support Derby’s workforce of the future.”