• Doncaster businesses and learning organisations urged to make the Promise

    A new and exciting Doncaster initiative launches on 2 December to further strengthen local relationships between business and education for the benefit of the future workforce.

    The Doncaster Promise is a new social compact between businesses, education and the local public sector. It represents a deep and sincere commitment from businesses to support and help young people develop their careers. For the education and skills sector, it will create a framework that they can use to develop strong working relationships with Doncaster’s business community, bringing high quality business learning and meaningful encounters with employers into the classroom. It provides an opportunity to help develop work-ready learners who are prepared to take advantage of the brilliant career opportunities available across the borough and to participate in the growing, inclusive local economy.

    The Promise has been developed and is supported by a strong public-private partnership, including organisations like the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce and Doncaster Council. We are now extending an invitation to all businesses, schools, colleges and training providers in the borough to sign and agree to help build a better future for business and education in Doncaster.

    Andy Hibbitt, Chief Operating Officer at Doncaster Chamber explains: 

    “The ultimate aim of the Promise is to develop a highly skilled local workforce by getting local businesses and education establishments to commit their support. This in turn will help improve the quality of careers information, advice and guidance in the borough, to raise young people's aspirations and awareness of career possibilities, and improve social mobility.

    “By working with business, education and partners, we want to give young people an insight into what an exciting career in Doncaster can look like and inspire their future career choices.”

    Riana Nelson, Director of Learning Opportunities and Skills at Doncaster Council, said: 

    “Developing a strong and constructive working relationship between business, education and the public sector which based on mutual understanding and collaboration is absolutely vital for developing high quality careers advice and business learning for all in the borough.

    “This is why we are placing the development of high quality lifelong learning, training and Further Education at the heart of our emerging ten-year vision for Education and Skills in Doncaster. This is to compliment the outstanding work currently being undertaken by Opportunities Doncaster and the Doncaster Careers Hub, who are working in partnership with schools to help them further develop their careers provision. 

    “The Doncaster Promise brings all of this together and helps build a simple, cohesive package for businesses and educators alike.”

    Paul Sutherland, CEO of Doncaster based company, Mech FS, explains why they are already committed to the Doncaster Promise: 

    “The future construction model is changing and only by embracing the enthusiasm and determination of young people will Mech FS be ready. Being an old Hatfield High student I think, thanks to the council and the chamber, we can provide the pathway for the next generation. 

    "As a local company we know just how important it is to have employees with the right skills for our business. By signing up to the Doncaster Promise we’re taking that one step further and linking with Doncaster schools and students, our workforce of tomorrow - we want to inspire them to help make the most of their future career opportunities.“

    The Promise launch event will also provide an opportunity for attendees to learn more about how to get involved in the Business Showcase Days taking place throughout Doncaster Careers Week 2020 and how, as part of the British Chamber of Commerce's People Campaign, local businesses can help to make Doncaster a more productive, attractive and vibrant place to work.

    Business people, education leaders, teachers, careers leads and parents are invited to the event where they’ll hear from a range of high profile speakers including Dan Fell (CEO, Doncaster Chamber), Mayor Ros Jones, Damian Allan (CEO, Doncaster Council), Riana Nelson (Director of Learning Opportunities and Skills – Doncaster Council), Business Leaders and a wide range of other influential contacts from across the borough.

    This must-attend event takes place at the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure (NCATI), 5.30 – 7.30pm on 2 December 2019. With attendance from over 150 business representatives and educators already confirmed, the remaining tickets are in high demand. 

    For further information and to book your place, visit the event page.

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