Tessa Jowell Statement
Seetec Directors express their sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dame Tessa Jowell who, as a Government minister, was a driving force in seeking to improve the lives of people in Britain. In our employment and skills sector, she is fondly remembered for her work on New Deal and the Olympics.
Seetec had the pleasure of working with Baroness Jowell during her time as Minister of State to the Department for Education and Employment from 1999.
In 2000 Dame Tessa Jowell visited Seetec in Chelmsford to celebrate the success of job seekers who had found employment whilst participating in the Private Sector Lead New Deal contract which Seetec provided during 1998 to 2002.
As the Minister for the Olympics 2005- 2010, she led on the Olympic Park and Westfields. This is remembered as the most successful Games ever. It was also Europe’s largest construction project, creating a huge stimulus for the London economy during the credit crunch and years of recession that followed.
Seetec were commissioned to get long term unemployed people into work. Between 2011 and 2016, Seetec were involved in delivering the Olympics and the legacy strategy working with Westfield, the London Borough of Newham, the GLA and London Boroughs. This included the Westfield Stratford City retail development and the Olympic Park.
Through the flagship training academy, The Skills Place, Seetec were able to support thousands of unemployed Newham residents. Over 500 were placed with partners such as John Lewis alone and over 5,000 unemployed residents of the Olympic Boroughs were found employment, improving lives and skills.
We all deeply indebted for this huge contribution to the lives of Londoners, driven by Tessa Jowell’s vision of the Olympics and regeneration.
In addition to her Government role championing opportunities for the disadvantaged in society, Baroness Jowell was an inspiration for those battling cancer.