MP sees how Seetec keeps Peterborough working
Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson visited employment and skills organisation Seetec to see how it is helping members of the community to refresh their skills and find sustainable jobs.
With unemployment in the city and the UK falling, Mr Jackson found out about the training and job support provided by Seetec which underpins the headline figures, and the support given to businesses to tackle skills shortages.
Mr Jackson met Seetec’s National Operations Director for Employability and Skills, Helen Tomlinson, who outlined the specialist support the organisation provides and how it helps young people into apprenticeships.
Helen said: “This was a great opportunity to show Peterborough’s MP how we are helping businesses in the area to grow by supporting them to recruit and re-train the talented workers they need.
“We are also helping young people in the city to take their first positive steps into the workplace. Seetec has the expertise to deliver apprenticeships across sectors ranging from leadership and management, administration, digital marketing, IT to engineering and manufacturing.”
Mr Jackson also met Susan Bradwell from Peterborough who had been claiming benefits for 20 years before Seetec helped her find employment.
Susan said: “Prior to attending Seetec, I was suffering severely with anxiety and low self-worth. Even though I am now in full time employment, I still come into Seetec on my days off as I feel at ease amongst the staff and surroundings. I enjoy the group sessions and feel that I still get a lot of help, support and advice when needed. Also, I still attend the computer course to continue my development.
“The atmosphere is always nice and welcoming. I have gained so much more confidence and everybody at Seetec provides me with so much positivity and it has made me a stronger person. I now believe in myself more and believe that I can achieve whatever I want. Thank you, everybody at Seetec for believing in me.”
Mr Jackson said: “It was fantastic to see the good work Seetec are doing in giving so many vulnerable and long term unemployed people the support they need to find sustainable employment. I was very impressed with the visit and wish Seetec well in the work that they do for local people”.
Also attending on the day was Jessica Rafferty, Seetec Area Delivery Manager and Adam Castleton Centre Manager in Peterborough. Adam concluded: “We were delighted to be able to show our local MP the support on offer to the unemployed community of Peterborough. Many of our customers have to overcome difficult and challenging circumstances and it is important that they know we are here to help every step of the way to finding work or improving skills.”