As a Borough, Doncaster currently has 9,195 businesses, 35 of which are considered large (they have over 250 members of staff) and with the most popular industries being; retail & wholesale, professional services, property & construction and manufacturing & engineering.
Doncaster has seen many transformational changes over recent years, from the Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the Frenchgate Shopping Centre, and then more recently, with the creation of the FARRS (Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme) link road, the iPort, and the opening of the National College for High Speed Rail to name but a few examples.
We endeavour to provide young people with relevant information on how these transformational projects will have a positive impact on their futures and possibly lead them in to a job role which doesn’t even exist yet, as well as providing up to date information about the career and further education and training opportunities available here and now.
Owen Simpson, Balby Carr Academy student
Owen Simpson, a student at Balby Carr Academy, attended his school’s careers fair, organised by the Doncaster Skills Academy.
During the careers fair, Owen spoke to a number of employers and took part in a variety of industry activities.
Owen then got speaking to a member of the team at South Yorkshire Police, who let him try on their riot gear and spoke to him about a possible career as a police officer. Before this, Owen had not considered a future in the police force, but during that interaction something sparked an interest and curiosity in Owen to find out more.
Owen then went on to discuss his new found interest further with a careers practitioner from the Doncaster Skills Academy team and soon after this he applied to become a cadet. Owen received support from the Skills Academy team to prepare for his interview, which helped him gain confidence and skills.
Owen was successful in his interview and has become one of South Yorkshire’s new cadets, attending weekly training sessions and other events. Owen has also continued with his education and is now completing a Public Services/ Uniformed Services course at Doncaster College.
Speaking about his experience, Owen said: "The careers fair gave me an insight to what the police force was about and also what pathways and roles there are.
Working with the Doncaster Skills Academy team helped me so much in terms of connecting me with the Police and also helping me prepare for my interview.
Since starting at the cadets I have learnt so many new life skills and my confidence is growing all the time."Read more