As students receive their GCSE results, Doncaster Chamber is highlighting apprenticeships as an option for youngsters looking to start their career in the Sheffield City Region.

Andrew Hibbitt, the Chamber’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

“We recognise that results days can be a daunting time for school leavers, and that unprecedented grading arrangements this year are creating additional challenges for students and their families.

“In light of the pandemic, and as students consider their next steps, it’s important to remember that there’s more than one path to success in the world of work. Apprenticeships are one avenue for development and progression, and the Chamber is keen to support businesses in the area offer them.”

The Chamber is working closely with member organisations to develop new, high quality apprenticeship schemes.

Working in partnership with employers from the Government’s Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, the Chamber is hosting educational workshops to guide employers in the Doncaster area who are offering new apprenticeship roles.

Hibbitt added:

“Apprenticeships are right to be at the centre of economic recovery efforts. They give people the opportunity to earn while they learn and develop new skills, and the tangible prospect of a job beyond that, without incurring any debt.

“Through Opportunities Doncaster, businesses are working with schools, colleges and private training providers to help ensure young people in the borough are aware of the range of technical and vocational options available to them.”

On 27 August, Opportunities Doncaster is hosting a virtual careers exhibition for school leavers. The Your Future: Next Steps event offers young people the opportunity to connect with employers in the area, and will include conversations and live Q&As with employers, former apprentices and specialists from different pathways.

The event will provide guidance and information for school leavers who are seeking an apprenticeship or employment opportunity or who are concerned about their personal circumstances acting as a barrier to accessing education, employment or training.