From education to employment


Employment and skills specialist Seetec will celebrate the second national UK Employability Day on Friday 14th July with a series of job fairs focussed on getting jobseekers back into work.
The events which will be co-ordinated alongside the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) will be held in Manchester, Wigan and Oldham and will focus on bringing together local business and job seekers.
During the day, a number of local employers, employment providers and training providers will attend the Seetec centres with live vacancies to fill and support and advice to offer to help the jobseekers make that all important first impression.
Seetec customers will have a really valuable opportunity to meet with the employers to learn more about the available positions and complete application forms there and then.
In Manchester, hundreds ​Seetec customers will be in attendance, as well as, companies such youth centre Factory Youth Zone who provide a unique safe place for young people aged 8 – 19 across Manchester and Antz Junction which is home to a social enterprise, a long list of charities, business and the Bold Work Ready Training Academy. Plus RSPCA Bury Oldham and Manchester City Council along with 22 other businesses.
The day will consist of a mini-employment session to ensure all customers are revved up, as well as, an exhibition with local organisations who can offer short work experience opportunities.
Last time Seetec held an event like this in 2016, 75 candidates secured interviews with 15 employers including Argos retails, Travelodge and Grosvenor Casino.
Helen Tomlinson, Seetec National Operations Director said, “Celebrating Employability Day in this way as a great opportunity for our customers to meet with more employers in their local community. We are delighted with the support employers have shown, demonstrating their commitment to helping local people back to work. Employment providers like Seetec support 100,000’s of people across the UK  back to work and job fairs like these are a great way to help more people achieve their potential”.
The latest Labour Market Statistics published shows the employment rate at a record high of 74.2% and the unemployment rate has fallen to 5%, the lowest rate since October 2005, according to official figures. The unemployment total fell to 1.67 million in the February-to-April period, down 20,000 from the previous quarter.
kirsty mchugh ersa 100x100ERSA’s Chief Executive Kirsty McHugh said:  “These positive headlines from the government continue to show the positive impact of employment support providers on the UK labour force.
“The Work Programme alone has since it began five years ago, helped over 500,000 people into sustained employment, which has helped to change lives, communities and businesses across the UK.”

About Seetec: Founded in 1984 Seetec has grown by focusing on high-quality delivery and service user outcomes to be one of the largest employee-owned business service providers across welfare, skills, justice and public services in the UK and Ireland. Our portfolio of contracted programmes spans numerous Government departments and local authorities including the Departments for Work and Pensions, Justice and Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK and the Department of Social Protection in Ireland. We work with over 100,000 individuals every year, delivering interventions, tracking progress and outcomes and integrating funded provision to add value to individuals and their communities. Seetec’s FY16 turnover was £82m and employs c. 1250 individuals across 115 delivery locations in the UK and Ireland.  

Last year Employability Day was celebrated by employment support providers opening their doors in over 65 centres across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 
 The events will take place at:
–   Seetec Manchester, 9 Marble Street Manchester, M2 3AW.
–   Seetec Wigan, Ground Floor Ct3 Building, Wigan Investment Centre, Wigan WN3 5BA.
–   Seetec Oldham, Brunswick Square, Union St, Oldham OL1 1DE.

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