Doncaster Skills Academy (DSA) hosted an awards ceremony for 60 people from business and education to celebrate their working together to raise the career aspirations of young people and show them the job opportunities available locally.

Cllr Nuala Fennelly, Councillor for Young People & Families, Doncaster Council, presented the seven awards:

Raising Aspirations – Kate Haigh, Stewart & Co.

Innovation – Andrew Ashworth, IGO Pets

Business Advocate – Sam Kerley, Solutions 4 Cleaning

Outstanding Business & Education Partnership – Polypipe

Skills Fest Exhibitor – Army

Student of the Year – Sehmus Gezer, Hayfield School

Newcomer Recognition – Anthony Veluz, The Socent Connection

Says Catherine Matthews, Business & Education Adviser at Doncaster Chamber:

“The Doncaster Skills Academy Awards recognised the time that businesses have invested in our young people and how everyone has benefitted. It was also an opportunity for us grow the interest and involvement with new business people who can go into schools and/or offer industry visits to help better prepare students for more fulfilling careers.

“Right now we are living in uncertain times and an ever changing business landscape. Young People need to know what career choices are available to them, learn how to integrate themselves into a work environment and have a good understanding of the different pathways they can take.”

DSA supported 7,208 young people last year in Doncaster to raise their aspirations and become better prepared for the world of work.