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.
Jade Bancroft, Education Officer, Yorkshire Wildlife Park
"Volunteering for the Doncaster Skills Academy enables us to get out in to the community to build on partnerships with local schools. The students get very excited when they see us on the day which means that the sessions we do with them are always really engaging and rewarding. The visits enable us to link the work we do onsite at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park especially around STEM subjects and careers. They are always very well organised and the staff are very welcoming."