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.
John Cusworth, Head Of Business Development, Free2Learn
"Free2Learn believe in making a difference to individuals in the borough and supporting schools with Skills Academy events and workshops is a great way to make a positive, direct impact on young people’s lives. The workshops are very interactive and as a result the pupils tend to be more engaged and make the day varied and enjoyable.
For any business considering whether to support with the Skills Academy, Free2Learn would certainly recommend it. This is your opportunity to positively influence the next generation and have fun at the same time."