We are delighted to announce that the Education and Skills Funding Agency has awarded Seetec Outsource National Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding to deliver vocational training to individuals aged 19 and over across the North West and South West of England.

The funding enables us to expand our existing provision regionally as we grow the Education and Skills arm of our business. Our aim is to help even more people develop the skills they need to secure employment and achieve their long-term career ambitions, while supporting a skills-led recovery from COVID-19 in the sectors and regions in which we operate.

We will deliver training and qualifications for priority sectors, including warehousing and storage, health and social care, teaching, professional services and construction. Through a mix of classroom-based and online learning we can provide flexibilities that enable learners to access courses around other commitments such as work and childcare.

Seetec Outsource already delivers adult education and training across Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region and Bristol in the West of England through devolved AEB contracts with the Combined Authorities in these regions. In recent years, through our national and regional AEB footprint, we have supported almost 8000 learners to realise their full potential as they move forward with their educational and career aspirations.

Creating more opportunities in the North West

Our existing AEB learners illustrate the impact of this regional approach to skills development. Monika and Amelia from Manchester are just two examples of learners who are forging new and exciting careers as a result of the training they have received.

Like many non-English speaking adults in the region, they had been held back by their limited language skills. However, they were supported to develop their knowledge of English and communicate with confidence while completing an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course with Seetec Outsource. Monika is now pursuing her ambition of becoming a chef, while Amelia is working as a teaching assistant and taking her first steps towards becoming a qualified teacher.

This latest allocation of funding will mean we can further expand the number of opportunities available for communities in the North West of England.

Extending our footprint in the South West

We are also committed to extending our footprint in the South West of England, where Seetec Pluss delivers the Department for Work and Pensions Restart Scheme to support people who have been out of work and claiming Universal Credit for 12 months or more.

Our high-quality education and work-based training provision will complement the services provided by Seetec’s Employability and Health business division in the region, ensuring jobseekers can build the confidence and skills they need to access new opportunities and build a rewarding career.

Supporting a skills-led recovery

Neil Bates, Managing Director of Seetec Outsource, said: “National Adult Education Budget funding has allowed Seetec Outsource the ability to deliver a more targeted approach to address critical skill gaps in the regions.

“We will press ahead with plans to invest in more skills development opportunities to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving labour market. This will be crucial to the UK’s long-term economic and social recovery from COVID-19. The awarding of funds to Seetec Outsource means that more can be done to upskill individuals within some of the country’s most disadvantaged communities, where the social and economic impact of the pandemic has been most profound.

“It is in the national interest that the focus on a regional approach to skills development, as a pathway to sustained employment outcomes, remains a Government priority as the country continues to work in earnest towards delivering a better post-COVID future.”

Delivery under the new national AEB contract will begin on 1 August 2021.