Building the Future Workforce: Seetec Creates Local Solutions
Seetec were pleased to attend the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) annual conference in London on 5 December and speak about our approach to pioneering local solutions to meet regional skills needs.
Whilst we bring sector expertise and experience of developing targeted skills programmes, it is building vital partnerships with specialists in priority sectors across the UK and Ireland to create local solutions that is key.
This collaborative approach recognises that creating diverse supply chains, in partnership with local commissioners, taps into the specialist knowledge and expertise of smaller skills providers to provide the best solution for employees, employers and their communities.
Executive Director of Employability, Chris Harrison, explains: “Seetec’s approach is to create strong supply chains that complement our sector expertise and experience as a prime contractor with the diversity and deep local expertise of partners. This ensures we can offer the best possible solution for citizens, their families and communities.”
With employment rates remaining high, the focus is increasingly on smaller priority groups and localised needs. Over the last five years, Seetec has delivered high-quality services with 75 expert local providers embedded in its supply chains. These range from a small number of select local partners to fully subcontracted European Social Fund delivery.
Seetec’s collaboration with the New Anglia LEP and delivery partners in Norfolk and Suffolk was the focus of a breakout session at the conference on collaborative working in a devolving landscape.
L to R Chantel Hampton Seetec, Hollie Warren, Managing Director, Portland Training Ltd, Paul Vetta Seetec
Chantel Hampton, Seetec’s ESF Contract Manager, who addressed the session, said: “Working in partnership with specialist skills providers in key areas such as social care and construction has enabled us to build our delivery models collaboratively to meet the local skills needs of the different businesses and their employees.”
“This supply chain diversity increases the talent and knowledge on offer and stimulates greater innovation and learning.”
The Skills Support for the Workforce programme in Norfolk and Suffolk is aligned to the LEP’s priority sectors and has helped to drive growth, development and productivity in the regional economy. Running since October 2016 with Seetec as the prime contractor, it’s aim is to up-skill the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) work-force through short, sharp interventions offering a diverse range of regulated and non-regulated qualifications.
Through the programme, more than 700 businesses across Suffolk and Norfolk have boosted the skills of their workforce.