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E4E Celebrates Inspirational Partnerships

E4E Celebrates Inspirational Partnerships

A Derby City Council organisation which works to inspire young people to aim higher and achieve more is holding its first event to celebrate young people’s progress and local businesses’ support.

Enterprise for Education (E4E) is a not-for-profit partnership between Derby City Council and key local businesses.

It brings employers into city schools to provide inspiration and share real-world careers experience through personal mentoring, mock interviews, career search support, careers events and industry visits.

The first awards event, organised by Derby City Council and sponsored by Copemann Ashby, Rolls-Royce at the University of Derby, will be held at the University’s Derby Law Faculty on Tuesday July 2 starting at 4.45pm and finishing at 7pm.

The keynote speaker will be Stuart Garner of Norton Motorcycles and awards will be presented by representatives from businesses who have sponsored each category.

All city secondary schools have been invited to submit nominations for the awards which recognise young people’s engagement and achievements through the E4E programme.

Awards to be presented are:

  • Aiming higher (sponsored by the Titan Trust)
  • Young Achiever (sponsored by Rolls-Royce)
  • Good Citizen (sponsored by David Nieper)
  • Young Improver (sponsored by Bowmer + Kirkland)
  • School of the Year (sponsored by Freeths)
  • Debating competition (sponsored by Derby Law Society)

There is also an award, sponsored by Pak Foods, for the Volunteer of the Year from a local employer who has made a particularly outstanding contribution to E4E activities.

E4E Chair Mike Copestake explained:

“E4E was set up to raise aspirations amongst young people - to help them develop a “can do” attitude for the skilled well paid jobs which Derby has to offer.

“It also aims to help them develop the soft skills which can be so important when applying for jobs, dealing with customers and to encourage entrepreneurship amongst the city’s young people.

“Having established excellent relationships with both employers and schools through a number of activities organised by E4E, we were keen to showcase the positive impact that local business people are having on the lives of young people.

“This first awards event will therefore bring everyone together to celebrate the achievements of young people, schools and volunteers who have both supported and benefited from the innovative E4E programme.”

For more information about E4E and how to support the programme either financially or by volunteering for activities, please visit

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