The Doncaster Skills Academy was created by the Doncaster Chamber in 2014, in response to feedback from the local business community, concerning difficulties they were facing in the recruitment and retention of skilled staff.
To help address this ‘skills gap’, the Doncaster Skills Academy set about to better equip schools and their young people with the skills and information they require when entering into the world of work.
Since 2014, the Doncaster Skills Academy has grown considerably both in size and scope. To date the Academy has supported 15 Doncaster secondary schools, over 18,500 students, and worked with over 300 businesses volunteers to deliver the project.
The Doncaster Skills Academy consists of a variety of modules and other interventions for students, covering four themes:
These modules are delivered by the Doncaster Skills Academy team, and the wider business community, in local schools.
The Doncaster Skills Academy is owned by the Doncaster Chamber and is supported by the Edge Foundation and Doncaster Council.
Jade Bancroft, Education Officer, Yorkshire Wildlife Park
"Volunteering for the Doncaster Skills Academy enables us to get out in to the community to build on partnerships with local schools. The students get very excited when they see us on the day which means that the sessions we do with them are always really engaging and rewarding. The visits enable us to link the work we do onsite at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park especially around STEM subjects and careers. They are always very well organised and the staff are very welcoming."