Doncaster Chamber’s leading work to “bridge the gap” between young people leaving education for the world of work and businesses looking to recruit and retain a skilled workforce has been shortlisted to win a national business award.
The town’s Chamber has been finalised for the British Chambers of Commerce ‘Campaign of the Year’ award in recognition of its relentless policy work and activities within schools and businesses.
Doncaster Chamber is keen to address the issue that businesses need a skilled workforce but repeatedly report difficulty in recruiting because young education-leavers are not work-ready. The Chamber has actively campaigned for Doncaster’s University Technical College and National College for High Speed Rail to enhance STEM skills by engaging with local and national MPs, liaising with the media and rallying up local businesses to back the bids. Additionally, the Chamber’s Doncaster Skills Academy and Ambition programmes which are delivered across the borough’s primary and secondary schools with the participation of local businesses, help raise students’ career aspirations and ambition to gain the skills required.
Says Dan Fell, CEO of Doncaster Chamber: “This is yet another testimony to the great work that Doncaster Chamber and its members are doing to help bridge the gap between education and work. The award demonstrates just how well regarded the work of Doncaster Chamber is within the UK network of 51 other accredited Chambers of Commerce and the impact that we have across the borough.
The winners of the British Chambers Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner on Thursday 30 November in London.