Insights A Step Forward For Employment in Bristol
12 August 2019

A Step Forward For Employment in Bristol

West of England AEB

Seetec is being funded by the West of England Combined Authority’s devolved adult education budget (AEB) to provide training programmes to individuals aged 19 and over across the region in the 2019/20 academic year.

Seetec’s work aims to help and support people across Bristol and beyond to develop skills and move into employment. They will be focusing on employment training across sectors such as travel and tourism, retail, hospitality, construction and transport.

As part of the programme, learners will have the opportunity to take part in work-based training and gain experience with local employers through work placements, employability training and on-the-job experience. Seetec will deliver its adult education activity in Bristol and in community hubs across the region.

Helping to deliver the programme alongside Seetec will be Pluss, a social enterprise who work with people of all abilities to train them to find opportunities to make the most of their career. Pluss joined the Seetec group earlier in 2019 following their expertise in supporting people with disabilities. As a result, Seetec is delivering from Seetec Pluss office in Bristol as a partner.

Andi MacGregor, Head of Adult Education and Traineeships at Seetec said: “As a leading provider of education and training, with a strong history of developing skills and benefiting communities, we’re delighted to have been funded to deliver the AEB programme.

“We’ll be working closely with employers, referral partners and the third sector to create opportunities that help move unemployed residents into sustainable employment.”

From the 2019/20 academic year, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is taking responsibility for the Adult Education Budget (AEB) in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. AEB is used to prepare adults over the age of 19 with the skills and qualifications needed for life, work, apprenticeships and further learning. By taking responsibility for the Adult Education Budget, WECA will fund providers to deliver courses tailored to meet the needs of the West of England, and in doing so, provide all residents with the opportunity to develop their talents and prosper.

Seetec also currently works with Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Liverpool City Region in successfully delivering training and education across the North West.

The Adult Education Budget is funding training providers across the UK to deliver vocational training to assist upskilling for individuals seeking to gain employment as well as assisting local authorities with their skills growth strategy. The new government initiative will be engaging with local businesses to assist young adults and help people back in to work.