Frequently Asked Questions

Enterprise for Education (e4e) is a dedicated public private sector partnership that aims to link employers with schools and students in a bid to create a better understanding of career opportunities and raise young people’s aspirations, improve employability skills and provide a larger pool of home-grown talent for local employers.

E4E was founded by Derby City Council in November 2014. A project team has been established, with a board of directors made up of representatives from the city’s schools and the business community. This includes major employers such as Rolls Royce and local SMEs.

Our vision is to build a movement which mobilises the local workforce to support schools and students. By providing opportunities for local employers to connect with our young people we can better prepare them for the world of work.

In doing so we hope to increase students’ motivation and aspirations and inform them of the wide range of career opportunities available to them. Increasing employer engagement with schools is key to them developing and maintaining good relationships which are mutually beneficial and will have a positive impact on Derby and it’s economy.

A pilot programme of Mock Interviews and CV Workshops involving 50 city employers was originally delivered to schools across the city. The programme was met with widespread praise and support from school staff, students and the employers themselves who identified the need for a wider range of support.

Our core activities, Mock Interviews and CV Workshops, are very popular with schools and colleges in the local area. In addition we have expanded the range of employability and careers activities that we offer to include Mentoring, Enterprise Challenge Days and Careers Talks. We strive to ensure that our activities are of a high-quality and as such they are always being developed. Going forwards we hope to continue to deliver first-class events to the schools that we work with alongside generating new employability activities that engage and motivate local students.

E4E is a vitally important component in the continued economic resurgence of Derby. The city was identified as an area of the UK where young people are at greater risk of being NEET (not in employment, education or training). Our activities provide young people with a fundamental set of skills and opportunities which equip them for their future. Alongside the proven benefit to students, our programme also raises the standard of the talent pool and potential employees of local employers. We work with all of the state-maintained secondary schools across Derby city and this year have started to deliver activities in the wider Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire areas. We also work with many Derby primary schools and are keen to develop our programme with students of this age.

We are continuously recruiting new volunteers who share our vision and are passionate about improving the prospects of young people.  Whether you have experience of working with students or not we’d love to hear from you. All we ask for is a minimum of half a day a year of your time in order to go into local schools and deliver our employability activities.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or want to find out more about E4E and our activities, please contact the E4E team on 01332 641600/641626 or email e4evolunteer@derby.gov.uk.