Neil Bates
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Neil Bates

Managing Director, Seetec Outsource

As Managing Director of Seetec Outsource Neil is responsible for the strategic leadership and development of the skills, apprenticeships and workforce training division of the Seetec Group.

Neil has over 35 years’ experience working within technical and professional education and skills. He spent 30 years as Chief Executive and Principal of PROCAT, the UK’s first new College of Advanced Technology, and is a former Chairman of the AELP (Association of Employment and Learning Providers).

Neil is a member of the City & Guilds Council, and in 2014 he was awarded Fellowship of The City & Guilds of London Institute in recognition of outstanding professional and personal achievements, which include founding the first Technical Trust school in the UK and raising £56 million of investment in three centres for advanced technical education. In 2019 he succeeded Lord Baker, the former Education Secretary, as Chairman of the Edge Foundation, one of the UK’s leading education charities dedicated to improving education for young people.

Neil is passionate about realising the economic and social potential of people and businesses through enhanced skills, training and qualifications. He is committed to working with industry to develop a talent and skills agenda that enables businesses to prosper while empowering individuals to build brighter futures.