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10 July 2018

Making a Difference in Manchester

UK Employability Day #EmpDay18

Seetec Manchester hosted a day of pre-apprenticeship workshops on 29 June in a bid to help a new generation of learners get on the career ladder.

As the end of term nears and school leavers explore their options, Seetec Manchester has provided a one-stop shop of knowledge and a stepping stone to help young people kick-start their careers.

On Friday 29th June Seetec Manchester hosted a special event to coincide with National Employability Day, designed to give 16-24 year olds all the information they need on starting an apprenticeship, boosting their employment prospects and simply how to take that next step into their chosen career.

With a pre-apprenticeship awareness session in both the morning and afternoon, special guests on the day included the Lord Mayor of the City Of Manchester, Councillor June Hitchen, who opened up the afternoon session for the young learners. Councillor Murphy, the Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, opened the morning session where Councillor Kilpatrick of West Didsbury was also in attendance.

Guests on the day also heard real life stories from those who had successfully completed the 12 week traineeship programme with Seetec. Anthony Howard-Cofield, 21, was one of them who shared his experience. 

Anthony said, “Before taking part in the programme, I had no motivation and would often spend time just sat on the sofa with no desire to do anything. I just couldn’t be bothered.”

Anthony, who is originally from Oldham, found that all changed when he found Seetec. Taking part in the 12 week programme gave him the skills he needed to go out and find work, and as a result he secured full time employment at Gala Bingo. He continues: “ The programme gave me a reason to get up in a morning and structure to my day. It provided me with experience and motivation to secure employment. To anyone who was in the same position as me, I would say don’t give up. If you keep pushing and trying to find work it will pay off, you just have to put in the effort.”

Rachel Hunt, aged 19, also spoke on the day. She explained how she had little confidence when it came to trying to find work. After completing the programme with Seetec, she now works as a retail assistant at Primark. She says: “I knew I needed the employability skills to help me find work but I didn’t really know where to start. The programme helped support me with a work placement and qualifications to improve my CV and make me more employable. I liked the Seetec environment because it allowed me to build my social skills.”

Labour Councillor for Rusholme Ward, Jill Lovecy, also attended the event. As a member of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee, her role is pivotal to young learners just like the ones Seetec help. As a result, the city council is now looking to engage further in the pre-apprenticeship training programmes. She said “I learned a lot at the event! It was great to meet the young people from around Greater Manchester and see for myself how the work at Seetec is able to transform the lives of young people, giving them the skills and confidence they need to engage with a new sense of purposefulness with the world of work.” 

Greg Bate, Senior Operational Partnership Manager at Seetec says; “The event was a huge success with 60 people in attendance in total. It was an honour to have the Lord Mayor with us hearing from some of our learners. Plus she shared her own motivational words on what young people can do to help get into work. We already can’t wait to start planning the event again for next year.”

He continued “Unemployment rates are beginning to creep up in Manchester as a result of the economic climate, but we’re confident that with the right training and wealth of opportunities, the next generation of workers can stop this in its tracks, and our traineeships are just one way we at Seetec are making a difference.”

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