Doncaster Chamber's 'Skills Academy' supports local employers to recruit young people

As part of the Doncaster Chamber’s on-going commitment to improving the career prospects of young people, advice is being given to local employers on how to recruit school leavers and students, and how their recruitment processes could be tailored to meet their needs.

The Chamber, with support from its partners and the local business community, runs the ‘Doncaster Skills Academy’, which in its first year alone has already seen 3500 local students benefit from their support, advice and practical sessions to prepare them for the world of work.

This latest offering, their ‘Top Tips for Employers’ Guide shifts the focus to supporting local businesses to recruit young people into the workforce.

Tina Slater, Business Growth Advisor (Skills and Enterprise) at Doncaster Chamber commented: 

“There are many benefits for employers in hiring young people within their organisation, and we are keen to ensure that young people have the best chance possible of gaining employment after they leave school.

It is our firm belief that if young candidates have the right attitude, motivation and work ethic, other more specific skills can be taught on the job, and encourage employers to consider this during their recruitment processes.”

Commenting on the Doncaster Skills Academy, Nick Watts, Head of Sixth Form at Hall Cross Academy said:

“At Hall Cross Academy we are absolutely committed to ensuring our students are fully prepared for their future pathways and the world of work. It is therefore fantastic to be able to work in partnership with the Doncaster Skills Academy and Chamber of Commerce.

As part of our Sixth Form Pathways Programme in July last year, we invited the Skills Academy to come in and make our students aware of the employment competencies local businesses and employers seek when recruiting. 

Over twenty employers and staff from the Skills Academy interviewed our Sixth Formers for management positions in their businesses. In addition the Skills Academy used their expertise to teach our young people about the local employment landscape and the opportunities that exist within Doncaster for aspirational young people. 

The students benefitted hugely from this experience and we look forward to working with the Skills Academy and local businesses again in July this year.”

Matt Lynds, Managing Director at Rejus Ltd, one of the many local businesses involved with delivering Doncaster Skills Academy support in schools added:

"Last week’s Doncaster Skills Academy event at Campsmount was simply amazing! I cannot tell you how much of a privilege it was to see a group of 11/12 year olds operating as serious and believable business people, and applying the work competencies we look for as employers, matched equally with their own entrepreneurial ability and flare.  I would invest in them and I would employ them. Simply outstanding."

A copy of the guide can be found on our website here or a hard copy can be requested by emailing tslater@doncaster-chamber.co.uk

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