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October, 2013

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Title:Doncaster Graduate Academy Goes From Strength To Strength
Author:DMBC 
ID & Publication:20131011022 ~ The-Villager.co.uk 
Area:Doncaster 
Subject:Education 
 DMBC (4kb)

Following a successful pilot in June 2013 in which 90 per cent of the graduates found jobs and placements the Doncaster Graduate Academy launched its second programme last month.

The Doncaster Graduate Academy is designed to help companies find, recruit, retain and develop talent in Doncaster, inspire young people to continue into higher education and support economic growth by overcoming the skills gap in the borough.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones believes this is a superb opportunity for local graduates and businesses.

She said ‘the academy aims to help local businesses access graduate talent while also assisting graduates in acquiring the workplace skills they need to flourish in their first job. It is also about keeping talent in Doncaster’.

‘We look forward to bringing local businesses and graduates together through this exciting and important programme.’

The graduates on the Programme attended an intensive course of seminars to help them develop the key employability skills required by employers such as working in a team, communication, time management and commercial awareness.

Programme Manager, Bobby Singh said ‘While we recognise the Graduates face a steep learning curve, we feel the Programme has provided the opportunity for them to develop the right knowledge, skills and attitudes to make the transition from University to employment and be a real asset to any business’.

‘Local businesses need to fill skills gaps to grow and innovate and this programme provides them with access to the graduates who could really help them to achieve this.’

The 12 Graduates recently presented to a group of local employers and the feedback was unanimously positive.

Jane Jefferson, Strategic Director of Big Ambitions CIC was so impressed with the calibre of the graduates that she has recruited two of them. She said ‘we are delighted to be making use of local graduate talent to help in achieving our company objectives. We are sure that the two we have selected will be a great asset to our team’.

One of the successful ones is Claire Welch aged 21 who said ‘the programme was excellent in helping me achieve my goals. It is the best opportunity I have had.’

Katie Franklin, Head of Communications and Marketing at Keepmoat said ‘the Graduate Accelerator programme has been giving young people wonderful opportunities to find paid employment after finishing university’.

‘Keepmoat have been delighted to be involved in the scheme and are thrilled to offer a job to Katie Thomson, a recent marketing graduate who has been part of the programme. I’m sure Katie will enjoy a wonderful start to her career at Keepmoat, and we welcome her to the team!

Further information on all the current Graduates can be viewed on our website www.businessdoncaster.com under the training and skills section or you can email hazel.sykes@doncaster.gov.uk or call (01302) 737026 or 07917 271225.

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