Enterprise and Commerciality

The Doncaster Skills Academy supports students to increase their enterprise skills and commercial awareness through a variety of interactive and hands on learning experiences.

Your child will get to step outside the ‘four walls of the classroom’ and explore the possibility of them running their own business or making decisions within an organisation. 

We seek to give students a taster as to life as an entrepreneur, through various activities we allow students to use their initiative and provide them with roles and responsibilities where there business decisions will have consequences.

We can provide your child with:

We can provide your students with:

Support to create a mini ‘Chamber of Commerce’ within each school, run by pupils, to facilitate business and enterprise activities, including access to a loan fund, provided in partnership with Finance for Enterprise

We can provide your students with:

Enterprise Games designed to develop and encourage entrepreneurial skills

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Access to business leaders and/or accredited Business Advisors to facilitate and support enterprise focused provision

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Students will be guided through the full process and principles of business planning and encouraged to produce a professional business plan

other modules

Case Study

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."

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