Enterprise and Commerciality

The Doncaster Skills Academy team can give you a flavour of what it is like to be an entrepreneur, which is the name given to someone who sets up their own business, and also help to make you think about business planning and what is needed for a business to be successful.

Our team can give you:

We can provide your students with:

Access to a loan fund to enable you to bring your business ideas to life

We can provide your students with:

Access to interactive ‘Enterprise games’ for you to use in your school, which are designed to develop your entrepreneurial skills

We can provide your students with:

Access to local business people and/or accredited Business Advisors who can help to support you with your business ideas

We can provide your students with:

Information and guidance on writing a business plan

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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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