Doncaster Skills Academy’s annual flagship event, ‘Skills Fest’ connects employers and education providers with young people to help them think about the career pathways and opportunities available to them.

Exhibiting businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their work and inspire, enthuse and motivate their potential workforce.

“Now in its fourth year, we’re looking to make Skills Fest 2019 our biggest and best yet,” said Tina Slater, head of business & education, Doncaster Chamber. “It’s a fantastic platform for businesses to not only showcase their organisation, products and services, but also to encourage young people to want to work for them and ensure they gain the skills required in preparation.

“It’s an important opportunity to offer them the information needed in order for them to make a fully informed decision about their future career.

“As well as expecting more than 1,500 students from 15 schools, with more invited, there’ll be over 80 exhibiting organisations and education providers so there’ll be lots of business networking opportunities too.”

Exhibitors can demonstrate their products and services and offer ‘Have a Go’ activities for the students to try out the type of work involved. They often bring apprentices and graduate trainees to offer students an insight into the career pathways available in the industry.

Skills Fest, is organised by Doncaster Skills Academy (DSA), in partnership with The Edge Foundation, Doncaster Council and DCLT (Doncaster Culture & Leisure Trust).

Doncaster Skills Academy works to bridge the gap between business and education. It was created by Doncaster Chamber in 2014 in response to local firms reporting difficulties in recruiting and retaining skilled staff. With the assistance of business volunteers, DSA delivers a variety of activities including in-school employability days and organising work experience,  to help young people become career ready.

Skills Fest ’19 takes place on Thursday 7 February 2019, 8:30am to 4:30pm at Doncaster Dome, Bawtry Road, Doncaster DN4 7PD.

Schools, education/training providers and businesses can get involved by contacting the Doncaster Chamber Business & Education team: 01302 640135