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Architecture practice opens its doors to students in Derby

Pride Park-based architecture practice YMD Boon has partnered with Derby City Council for its Enterprise 4 Education (E4E) scheme, which aims to support and inspire young people during their career progression.

E4E, which works with around 6,000 students across Derby each academic year, links employers with young people to help them create a better understanding of career opportunities in their chosen sector.

As part of E4E, YMD Boon will provide advice in the form of mock interviews, CV writing workshops, mentoring, career workshops and talks, and will open its doors to students for industry visits.

Shari Setayesh, director of the firm and Derby office lead, said: "We use our expertise in the built environment to assist young people with their ambitions in the construction industry. We have active links with several local universities - attending open days and various career development presentations.

"Within the YMD Boon we have a successful graduate training programme and sponsor many students throughout their studies. Many of these students choose to continue to work for us after they qualify in their relevant field".

Setayesh is a volunteer mentor for E4E and is mentoring students at Landau Forte College in Derby.

YMD Boon, which has further offices in Market Harborough and Nottingham, also supports Derby College's Employment and Skills Academy (ESA).

Paul Makinson at E4E, said: "The volunteers like Shari make this programme work. The expertise and diversity they bring to young people is priceless.

"Without the volunteers we wouldn't be able to provide this free resource. YMD Boon is a motivated team, they give something back".

E4E was founded by Derby City Council in 2014, and aims to inform young people about the wide range of career opportunities available to them. The project team is made up of representatives from the city's schools and the business community, including major employers and SMEs.


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