Doncaster students welcomed into world of work

Sandra Heath, of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park talks to pupils at the Doncaster Skills Academy at Macauley School, Cantley. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sandra Heath, of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park talks to pupils at the Doncaster Skills Academy at Macauley School, Cantley. Picture: Andrew Roe

School children were given a helping hand onto the career ladder at a business showcasing event.

Representatives from 25 organisations, including private sector businesses, Doncaster Rovers and Doncaster College, visited The McAuley Catholic High School in Cantley to speak to students about potential employment, apprenticeship and training opportunities.

Father-of-three Gary Matheson, 53, of Bawtry, the school’s head of personal, social, health and economic education, said: “The event broadened our students horizons and gives them more choice at a crucial time in their lives.”

Youngsters were given the chance to put themselves in the shop window when they were tasked with delivering a 30 second pitch explaining their best attributes to potential employers.

There was also a chance to improve team building skills as different groups completed an obstacle course.

Representatives from organisations including Yorkshire Wildlife Park, South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT) were on hand to give advice about job opportunities.

The event was organised by Doncaster Chamber for about 250 GCSE students as part of the Doncaster Skills Academy scheme, which delivers projects to enhance future work prospects for youngsters.

Dan Fell, the chamber’s deputy chief executive officer, said: “Bridging the gap between business and education is a key strategic aim for the borough.”