In October 2016 the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening announced six Opportunity Areas, including Derby. This has now increased to 10 areas who will share a £60m pot of funding which will provide a greater focus on social mobility, establishing links with industry and better careers guidance. The Social Mobility Commission highlighted that the 10 areas have particularly entrenched barriers that make it harder for young people to progress.

Ms Greening said .....

Ensuring all children can access high-quality education at every stage is critical. This is about giving children in these areas the right knowledge and skills, advice at the right time, and great experiences.

Education services and businesses in the opportunity areas will work to "create opportunities outside school that will raise sights and broaden horizons for young people.

Careers & Enterprise Company

As part of their investment programme to boost social mobility and help thousands of young people into work, they have allocated £1million to the six government identified Opportunity Areas (including Derby).

The money is to be invested in local programmes that can demonstrate their effectiveness in working with young people in greatest need of support, including those with special education needs and disabilities and pupils at risk of being NEET (not in education, employment, or training).

Opportunity Area for Derby