Seetec’s adult education and traineeships business is evolving. Following a number of new national and regional contract wins, alongside existing contract renewals, we are excited to be able to offer even more opportunities in the communities that we serve as we begin our next chapter as Seetec Outsource Education and Skills.

With a long history of providing work-based training and employment support to jobseekers, we have helped thousands of individuals to gain the skills, qualifications and experience they need to access meaningful job or apprenticeship opportunities. A jobs and skills-led recovery is crucial as we move cautiously towards a post-COVID future.

Expanding our education and skills provision

Previously known as our Adult Education Budget (AEB) and Traineeships division, the business currently delivers a range of 19+ adult education programmes and traineeships for 16 to 24 year olds across Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester in the North West, and Bristol in the West of England.

Following recent contract wins, we are now able to deliver adult education and traineeships across a wider range of geographies, and our provision is expanding to include a broader education and skills offer. This includes Sector-Based Work Academy Programmes (SWAPs), which provide jobseekers with pre-employment training, a work placement and a guaranteed interview at the end of the programme.

The remarkable resilience demonstrated by our Education and Skills business throughout the pandemic meant that we were able to continue supporting our learners remotely while training centres were closed. The results achieved by the efforts of our colleagues in the North West have resulted in the automatic renewal of contracts in Manchester and Liverpool, enabling us to further expand our provision in this region. Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Academy will therefore move to its own dedicated space, with new premises opening at Merchants Court in Liverpool.

Meeting sector and regional skills needs

Our training offer has been developed to meet the needs of local and regional economies, giving individuals the best possible chance of accessing sustainable employment and long-term career opportunities.

Alongside functional skills in English and maths, ESOL and essential digital skills, we deliver a range of vocational training for key sectors of the economy. This includes:

  • Warehousing and Storage (including forklift truck licence)
  • Introduction to Construction
  • Business Administration and Social Media for Business
  • Health and Social Care
  • Customer Service
  • Retail and Hospitality

We offer a mix of classroom-based and remote learning, with flexibilities that enable learners to access provision around other commitments such as work or childcare.

We work closely with our apprenticeships division to identify suitable progression opportunities for learners looking to further their career through on-the-job learning.

One learner who has benefitted from our Education and Skills provision is 18-year old Jessica Riley from Partington in Greater Manchester, a former traineeship learner who has remained with her work placement host company to complete an apprenticeship in customer service after almost 12 months of unemployment. She said:

“The programme was a great personal development opportunity for me. It really improved my confidence and prepared me for the fast pace of an office role. It was fantastic to be asked to stay on as an apprentice and I feel so much more positive about the future.”

Supporting a skills-led recovery

As the country emerges from recent lockdowns – and looks towards a skills-led recovery – it will be more important than ever to equip our learners with the tools they need to access opportunities in growing industries.

Andi MacGregor, Seetec Outsource Education and Skills Operations Director, said: “We will continue to work with employers and other key local stakeholders to ensure our provision supports regional and national growth strategies by developing skills that are in demand. In doing so, we can improve the life chances of those impacted the most by the pandemic and give them opportunities to reskill for the future.”

Neil Bates, Managing Director of Seetec Outsource, said: “We have relaunched our Education and Skills business with a name that better reflects our broad and expanding range of provision and supports our ambitious growth plans.  Our recent contract awards demonstrate the confidence that commissioners have in our ability to deliver high quality education and skills training that not only meets sector and geographical priorities, but also achieves significant social impact.”

The focus of our Education and Skills business is to help people develop the skills they need to achieve their career ambitions. Through a sector and regional approach, we believe Seetec Outsource is best placed to address critical skills gaps and inequality of provision in communities where there has been limited opportunity in the past.