Over 6,000 students have benefited from Bondholder Derby City Council's e4e initiative over the last 12 months - four times as many as in the previous period.
Pupils across 14 Derby schools have taken part in Enterprise 4 Education’s (e4e) programme of activities, which range from CV writing workshops and mock interviews to one-to-one mentoring sessions, industry visits, and career talks.
e4e was originally founded by Derby City Council in November 2014, with a board of directors comprised of representatives from the city’s schools and business community, including Bondholder Rolls Royce, Bombardier, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, and SMEs.
The business community has thrown its support behind the initiative and e4e has now recruited more than 450 business volunteers who help young people achieve by raising their self-belief, motivation, and aspirations while informing them about their career opportunities.
Mike Copestake, Senior Partner at Bondholder Freeths and chairman of e4e, added: “To be playing a key role in raising the aspirations of almost 6,000 young people is an amazing achievement - but the hard work doesn't stop there - we still need to recruit more business volunteers and mentors to support our expanded programme of activities and I would urge anyone who can give just half a day a year of their time to sign up as a volunteer.”