Derby City Council has announced that Enterprise for Education (E4E) is to run ‘Just Imagine Working Here’ for its fourth year in June 2019 and we are looking for more businesses than ever to take part.

This exciting initiative aims to connect businesses and organisations across Derby with local primary schools to give them their first taste of the world of work.  By letting students see the wide variety of job roles that exist within companies, they can begin to see the opportunities that lie on their doorstep and, all-importantly, helping to raise aspirations.

The project started in 2015 and since then, each year, approximately 20 schools have been partnered with a wide range of local businesses including Galliford Try, Rolls-Royce, Flower World, Toyota and QUAD.

Throughout June, Year 5 students have visited one of these fantastic employers to find out more about the type of work that they do. The feedback from both schools and businesses has been overwhelmingly positive; to quote one teacher 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.”

Employers from various sectors host visits and as such, students have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and speak to staff from many different professions.

Last year, whilst at the Council House, students were given a tour of the building, met both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor and took part in a healthy lifestyles session delivered by Livewell. Students really enjoyed their visit and one student said:

“I had a lot of fun and learnt about all of the different jobs that are there.”

The initiative is only possible with the support of the wonderful organisations we work with and the dedication of the fantastic people who work there.  In order for it to be another success next year we need more businesses to get involved.

We want ‘Just Imagine Working Here’ to be bigger and better than ever in 2019 and we’d love to have you on board so if you think your business or one you know would like to take part or would like to receive more information then please get in touch with e4eteam@derby.gov.uk.

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

“This is a great programme providing really valuable experiences for our young people.  It gives them a glimpse into the world of work, a chance to meet and talk to workers and an opportunity to think about careers they may not have considered previously.

“It would be  fantastic to get more businesses than ever on board this year to give these pupils a great variety of experiences.”

Picture: Year 5 student from Lakeside Primary School enjoyed a visit to the QUAD.