The Chamber is accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) which collectively represents thousands of businesses of all sizes and sectors across the UK. Chambers of Commerce provide a voice to the business communities they represent and work to improve the local business environment in which they operate.
Doncaster Chamber was the first Chamber in the country to be granted Investment in Young People accreditation to recognise the work of its Doncaster Skills Academy and the support given to preparing young people for employment. Several other Chambers now offer some ‘bridging the gaps’ activity which aims to improve links in their own communities between schools and businesses, however the Doncaster Chamber was the first Chamber to develop and implement a full service offering for schools and has been praised by the BCC and used as a best practice example to others in the network.
The Doncaster Skills Academy team consists of qualified Business Advisors and colleagues with years of experience working with businesses in the local area. The team have worked with hundreds of local businesses in a variety of sectors and sizes, from entrepreneurs to national companies, to develop the Doncaster Skills Academy into what it is today.
The Doncaster Skills Academy team have also worked with external agencies to develop the delivery materials to ensure that they are appropriate, fit for purpose and suitable for each age group and ability.
All business volunteers that deliver the Academy’s work in schools are fully trained by professionals to ensure consistently high standards throughout all delivery sessions.
Melissa Gallimore, Operations Manager at Doncaster Construction Skills Village
"I have volunteered at a number of events organised by Doncaster Skills Academy and they have all been beneficial. They enable me to promote the construction industry and engage with learners from primary to secondary schools in the local area. I believe the events I attend are adding value and give young people a chance to broaden their options of the industries they may eventually work in."