Inspire young people with your own story

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Inspiring young people and preparing them for the world of work - Enterprise for Education (E4E), is a Derby-based initiative (founded by Bondholder Derby City Council) which links employers with schools and students in a bid to raise aspirations, create a better understanding about career opportunities and improve employability skills amongst our young people.

After their growing popularity over the last academic year, E4E will be delivering over 50 careers talks again this academic year 2018 – 2019. They have dedicated volunteers who are keen to share their experiences of challenges and success with the young people of Derby. However, with such a huge number of talks scheduled for this year, E4E are looking for even more volunteers from a wide range of professions to speak-up about their career journeys.

The E4E team have a wide range of hints and tips and can offer lots of advice and support to helping volunteers along their journey.

The team are able to discuss what type of approach will be best received by young people and how to target the presentation to different ages of audience, whether you might be brand new to delivering careers talks or simply want a refresher.

This could also be the perfect opportunity for you, or perhaps people you know to improve their public speaking and presentation skills!

If these volunteering opportunities may be of interest to you, please contact a member of the team today at e4evolunteer@derby.gov.uk

Call to Action

Mike Copestake, who recently stepped down as Chairman of the Marketing Derby board, was presented with a framed image to thank him for his time and dedication. 

Mike took the opportunity to remind the business community of the importance of the work of Enterprise for Education (E4E) is. 

Reading a quote, from a Derby school, about one of their pupil premium students mentored by an E4E mentor, Mike said: "Improved her grades in 7 out of 9 exam subjects.She sat her English Language exam early (Y10) and achieved her target grade of B (she was working at a D before mentoring began). Her attendance remained at 100% throughout."

E4E mentor students who are struggling and are in danger of becoming NEET. Mike said that E4E’s target this year was to double the number of interventions in schools in and around Derby and appealed for more volunteers to help with Mentoring, CV writing, Careers advice and Interview techniques as well as volunteers for school governors and Enterprise Advisers.

For more information visit: https://www.derby.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/vacancies-and-information/e4e/

6,000 Students Benefit from e4e

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.”

E4E calls for more support

The Derby-based initiative set up to link employers with schools and young people, Enterprise 4 Education, is asking local businesses to support its efforts for at least one half day a year.

E4E's Just Imagine... Working Here! project invites local businesses to open their doors to local primary school children for them to:

  • see the world of work - possibly for the first time;
  • be inspired to work hard at school, raising their aspirations;
  • gain a positive experience within local industry;
  • explore jobs in Derby and hear what employers look for in new staff.

It's up to you what the visit can consist of, but it must be a minimum half-day commitment and could include: tours of the premises; demonstrations; quizzes; Q&As and/or presentations on (a) processes used / products made, (b) type of skills, qualities and qualifications employers are looking for from future employees, and (c) a description of the types of job roles within the business.

Pupils will be encouraged to do preparation and research on the business they will be visiting then present a record of their experiences learning and thoughts about the business they have visited.

For more information and to get involved, check out the E4E Just Imagine... Working Here! leaflet.

Enterprise for Education hosts event

Businesses from across the city turned out in force for an exclusive breakfast event hosted by Marketing Derby at The Council House to raise awareness for Enterprise for Education (e4e), an exciting new initiative aimed at preparing the city's young people for the world of work.

The event gave Bondholders the opportunity to hear more about the great work that e4e is doing across the city's schools and to encourage them to sign up as volunteer mentors.

The event kicked off with networking and refreshments and then a short introduction from Mike Copestake, senior partner at Bondholder Freeths and chair of the e4e board.

e4e is a fantastic project, which is already making a positive difference to Derby’s young by raising their self-belief, motivation and aspirations and helping them achieve their best by unlocking their true potential
— John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby

This was followed by a video featuring interviews with e4e board members, representatives from local schools and the local business community, as well as the children who are benefiting from the wide range of support that e4e is able to provide.

The event concluded with a question and answer session with board members.

Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "e4e is a really special initiative and it's important to all of us involved that we achieve a lot of positive outcomes for the young people we are aiming to help. All that youngsters need from time to time is a bit of a pat on the back and it sometimes isn't enough for them to hear compliments from their teachers in the classroom - they really need to be hearing it from people who potentially could be their boss in a few years' time."

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, said: "We at Marketing Derby are passionate about the e4e scheme and have already put ourselves forward as volunteer mentors. e4e is a fantastic project, which is already making a positive difference to Derby's young by raising their self-belief, motivation and aspirations and helping them achieve their best by unlocking their true potential."

Schools seek 250 business helpers

This morning Marketing Derby Bondholders gathered at the Council House to learn more about the Enterprise for Education (E4E) scheme.

E4E is a Derby partnership, which links employers with schools and students in a bid to raise young people’s aspirations; improve employability skills amongst the city’s young people; provide a larger pool of home-grown talent for local employers; and create a better understanding of the career opportunities available.

The project board is made up from representatives from Derby City Council and the city’s private sector, including Bondholder companies Rolls-Royce, Freeths and iBox-Security.

Over the past year E4E has helped over 4,000 local children with a programme of mock interviews, CV writing workshops and mentoring.

Chairman of E4E, and Partner at law-firm Freeths, Mike Copestake said: ““E4E’s principal aim is to raise the aspirations and hopefully the attainment of the city’s young people and enable them to go on and achieve something positive in their careers.

By showing youngsters that anything is realistically achievable and giving them a bit of guidance, their aspirations and confidence can grow enormously in a short space of time.
— Mike Copestake, Chairman of E4E

The organisation is looking to recruit another 250 volunteers to help support pupils and schools, and help prepare young people for the world of work.  

To register your interest, please click here.