Skills Academy Explained

The idea behind the Doncaster Skills Academy is to get young people excited by the range of opportunities available to them for their future career, help them understand how they might get there, and understand the diverse range of opportunities that are available with local employers. The team can provide expert information and guidance to your child to help them make the right choices for them, whether that is University, an apprenticeship or straight into the workplace.

To date the Doncaster Skills 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 work is centred on four main themes:

All of the Doncaster Skills Academy delivery sessions take place during school time, usually during set ‘drop down days’ that schools assign for such activity. The team works closely with local schools to ensure that students get the most out of these sessions, and that the sessions complement their existing curriculum.

All workshops/modules have been designed and developed to be engaging and interactive for students.

Find out more about the Doncaster Skills Academy team here.

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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