Since the announcement of the full lockdown back in March, local businesses have guided Doncaster Chamber on their most important issues. The challenge for young people leaving education this summer has been chief amongst these conversations: there is no escaping the fact that the availability of jobs for new entrants is reduced this year.
Opportunities Doncaster held the first Doncaster Careers Week from 10-14 February. The aim of careers week is to raise aspirations and awareness of career pathways and options in a borough where 3.1% of 16-17 year olds are classified as not in education, employment or training (NEET), against a national average of 2.6%.
McDonald’s and Go Green both have a sustainability related challenge for Doncaster students to solve. Secondary schools in Doncaster are invited to register for the challenge to empower students to develop essential skills in a fun and interactive way, whilst working to meet Gatsby Benchmarks.
Doncaster Stories, part of the National Literacy Trust, is working in partnership with Opportunities Doncaster to bring education and business together. They are looking to partner with local businesses in Doncaster to help deliver one of their flagship employability programmes, Words for Work: Dream Big. The programme develops literacy skills, raises aspirations, and challenges stereotypes with children aged 5-7.