Business community welcomes report to improve skills in Doncaster

Business community welcomes report to improve skills in Doncaster

Doncaster Chamber has welcomed the Independent Education and Skills Commission’s report for improving education standards and outcomes across the borough.

The chamber commends the commissioners for recognising good work already taking place in Doncaster, and for endorsing a union between the worlds of business and education for the benefit of employers and young people alike.

Dan Fell, CEO, Doncaster Chamber, said: "I would applaud the Commissioners on producing such a comprehensive and innovative report and recommendations.  I particularly welcome the emphasis on ‘one Doncaster’.

"There is much good work going on in relation to education and skills in Doncaster, with the High-Speed Rail College and Doncaster University Technical bid being just two examples.  However, I think all partners need to take it on the chin that, as a borough, we could be more joined up for the benefit of young people and businesses alike."

The Independent Commission, set up by Team Doncaster Strategic Partnership to review education and skills in Doncaster, consulted closely with the Chamber and businesses to enable them to provide three key messages about what a successful education and skills system should look like. It also makes 30 recommendations for practical steps that could be taken by all partners to work together to improve education and skills in Doncaster.

The Chamber will fully digest the recommendations of the Commissioners and look forwards to playing a collegiate role in bringing them to life over the coming months and years.

The work of the Chamber’s Doncaster Skills Academy links closely with the activities proposed in the report to benefit young people, schools and businesses that will employ the next generation of skilled local workers. It encourages young people to raise their aspirations, gain the employability skills required, consider their career options, and connect them with businesses for work experience, apprenticeships and full-time employment.