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.
Alex Whitfield, HR Administrator, Go Green Ltd
"Leaving school not knowing what I wanted to do I was lucky enough to find my perfect career path a few years into my working life.
Looking back if I had the support and guidance that Doncaster Skills Academy provide I think I would of come to this decision a lot sooner and there would have been more options and routes for me to go down to get to where I am today.
I enjoy volunteering and delivering within schools as I like to think of the impact I can have with helping a young person to think about their career and what they want to do in the future. Coming from a HR background I can also provide invaluable knowledge into what businesses are looking for and what it takes to secure a job.
I would recommend getting involved with Doncaster Skills Academy as they provide essential awareness and improve the aspirations of the future working generation of Doncaster and you can have a direct impact on this."