Doncaster's Skills Academy set to support 3500 local students

The Doncaster Skills Academy is a bespoke package of support available to schools via the Doncaster Chamber and their partners to further enhance the future work prospects of local students.

The project began in September 2014, and by the end of this academic year, will have supported around 3500 local students to develop the right skills and competences for their future careers. 

Students from Hall Cross Academy, Campsmount School, McAuley Catholic High School and Armthorpe Academy, ranging from years 8-13, have completed a variety of modules to support their future career development. In addition to this, local businesses have delivered a variety of interventions in schools such as employability days, enterprise schemes and an afterschool career event, equating to around 523 hours of their time.

By the end of this academic year, all 17 schools within the Doncaster borough will have also 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. A ‘Top Tips for Employers’ guide will also be made available for businesses before the end of the academic year to help encourage local firms to recruit young people.   

Tina Slater, Operations Supervisor at Doncaster Chamber commented: “We are delighted to have supported this many students already through our Skills Academy, and look forward to continuing this success into the next academic year.

The feedback we have received from students and schools has been overwhelmingly positive and it has shown that the Academy adds real value, helping to ensure that students are more prepared for the real life work opportunities available to them in their future careers.

We have also received an incredible amount of support from local businesses who have given their time to support the Academy and its students.”

Going forward, the Doncaster Skills Academy will continue to work with local schools to create bespoke packages of support for students over the next academic year. 

If you would like further information on how your business could help to support the programme or your school would like to become involved, please email skillsacademy@doncaster-chamber.co.uk

More information about the Doncaster Skills Academy can be found here

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