Derby City Council’s Enterprise for Education (E4E) initiative has been approached by schools and colleges in Nottingham and Derbyshire to support their students.

The E4E scheme is an employer led social enterprise partnership that provides a range of ‘real world ‘ interactive experiences for schools and students aged 10-18 and has been running successfully in Derby for a number of years.

E4e’s growing reputation for delivering a variety of quality services has resulted in several schools from Derbyshire and Nottingham approaching the team to support their students.

There are currently over 500 volunteers who have donated time to support the scheme and it has benefitted thousands of Derby secondary students, covering a whole range of practical activities related to employability skills, including mock interviews, mentoring, CV workshops, careers talks, Enterprise Challenge days and tailor made employability courses.

Employees from more than 100 businesses support pupils through a range of activities including Derby City Council, Rolls – Royce, Bombardier , Toyota and Freeths, as well as individuals from a rich variety of business backgrounds.

At Frederick Gent School in South Normanton, pupils gained advice at a Careers Carousel for their Year 11 students. One speaker was recent Dragons Den winner, Edward Hollands of Driven Media, a 23 year old entrepreneur. He summed up his feelings at being a volunteer:

“It was a pleasure to inspire the younger generation who are only a few years behind me, showing them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and believe in yourself!”

Gervaise Pike of Rolls-Royce said:

“It’s important to promote apprenticeships to students who may have overlooked the amazing opportunities available via this route.”

During the summer term, a whole range of careers activities have been run for students at Bilborough College in Nottingham. Ranging from a six part JobSmart course to a Careers Carousel, involving industry speakers from diverse business backgrounds, including a Sports Coach, an actor and a triple world record holder!

Nicola Stapleford of The Digital Growth Programme at the East Midlands Chamber reflected:

“Sharing my unorthodox, career path to a group of teenagers, with a similar mentality to my teenage self, was an opportunity to inspire the next generation to follow their desires, and to focus on their personal core values, when selecting a role.”

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

“It’s great to know that schools in Derbyshire and Nottingham are aware of the impact of E4E activities, and want their pupils to also benefit from our wonderful employer volunteers. We are aiming to raise aspirations amongst local young people so that they can better access the range of world class career opportunities available to them, right on their doorstep and beyond!”


For further information, please contact Arshad Iqbal, Enterprise for Education Broker on 01332 641622 or email