The Doncaster Skills Academy kick-started the new academic year by visiting students at Campsmount School, Doncaster, to deliver interactive sessions based around ‘Aspirations' and 'Employability/Work Readiness’ – two key themes within the Academy’s package of support for local schools.
Supported by local businesses, including Polypipe, Atherton Godfrey solicitors, The Dome, Phil Fairchild Associates, Inativ, Pennine Stone, Military Fitness Training, Cath Winfield Consultancy, and Keepmoat Regeneration Ltd., activity sessions were delivered to years 8, 10 and 11.
The Skills Made Easy Team within Business Doncaster also came into school to talk to year 11 students about apprenticeship opportunities.
The sessions were well received by students, with further sessions planned at Campsmount School later on in the year – this time to work with students around the theme of ‘Enterprise’.
Tina Slater, Operations Supervisor at Doncaster Chamber (who run the Skills Academy) commented: “It was a pleasure to work with the staff and students at Campsmount School and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.
I would like to thank all the businesses who have supported us in the delivery of these sessions, for sharing their invaluable advice, insight and experience with pupils.
We are delighted to be able to support local students through the Doncaster Skills Academy and to help them develop the right skills and competences needed for their future careers.”
The Doncaster Skills Academy is a bespoke package of support available to schools via the Doncaster Chamber and their partners, which aims to complement their existing provision, to further enhance the future work prospects of local students.
The Skills Academy launched in March this year, and has already interacted with well over 1,000 students within Doncaster schools, with students at Hall Cross Academy, Don Valley Academy and Sir Thomas Wharton Community College and Campsmount School already having completed various modules to support their future career development.
In addition to this, all 17 schools within the Doncaster borough have received copies of the Skills Academy’s ‘Employability Competences’ guide for students, which identifies the key skills, attributes and attitudes businesses look for when recruiting.
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