Derby City Council has been working to give youngsters a taste of the working world, with an exciting project ‘Just Imagine Working Here’.

 Education 4 Enterprise (E4E) is a Derby-based initiative that links employers with schools and students across the city, in a bid to raise aspirations, create a better understanding about career opportunities and improve employability skills for the young people of Derby.

Just Imagine Working Here’ sees schools matched with a range of local businesses in a bid to inform students of the wide variety of job roles within companies and the skills that they look for in potential employees.

This year, businesses from a huge range of sectors took part, including Galliford Try, Flower World, Toyota and QUAD. Throughout June, Year 5 students had the chance to visit their matched businesses, and get a taste of the working world.

Feedback from both schools and businesses was overwhelmingly positive, with one teacher commenting that:

“the students were whole-heartedly engaged and inspired”

Peter Richardson of Galliford Try praised the scheme as providing a:

“good link for industry to engage with students”

As part of the project, a number of primary schools also visited the Council House. Students were given a tour of the building, and took part in a healthy lifestyles session delivered by Livewell.

The children were able to ask volunteers from various departments within the Council about their job role and what it is like to work here.

Local employers who took part in the project said that they found the experience incredibly rewarding, and praised students for their thought-provoking questions.

Councillor Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said:

“Many young people have no idea what they want to do as a future career. Schemes like this are a really brilliant way of getting Derby’s children and young people thinking about their passions, so that they can make more informed choices about their future.

“It’s all very well and good to read about jobs online, but actually getting to speak to staff, and even experience working is an excellent way to engage these youngsters.

“It’s also extremely encouraging to see the local workforce rally together to support pupils and schools in preparing for the world of work.”

E4E would like to say a big thank-you to everybody involved in this project. Without the time and support from local businesses, this would not have been possible.

If you are part of an organisation that could help E4E next year by hosting a school group for a few hours, get in touch with the team!