Seetec Outsource’s Employability Practitioner Apprenticeship aims to create awareness of a holistic approach to recruitment to support more people into work

Seetec Outsource, the apprenticeship and skills expert, celebrates National Employability Day #WeFillVacancies by recognising and praising the dedication and skill of the employability professionals working in the sector and shining a light on the Employability Practitioner Apprenticeship.

With National Employability Day taking place on Friday 17th June, Seetec Outsource is going behind the scenes to celebrate the achievements of the sector.

Seetec is highlighting the qualifications available to sector workers, which ensure anyone needing support into employment is given consistently high levels of service and expertise.

The employability practitioner level 4 qualification is available to any industry professional wanting to increase their skills and learn a holistic approach to finding work for those in need of employment.

As the North West enters a post-covid era, sectors are now back up and running after facing a setback from restrictions in industries such as aviation and hospitality.

Rebecca Nash, National Training Manager at Seetec Outsource, is based in Manchester and leads a team of coaches delivering apprenticeships to both public and private companies across the UK. The team aims to empower employability workers by giving them the skills and tools to ensure people seeking employment are given the support they need to overcome often complex barriers and move closer to work.

Rebecca explained how the service offered by employability professionals differs to that of a standard recruitment agency: “Employability is a journey. It’s very holistic in practice. As practitioners we need to be able to offer specialist coaching support to understand an individual’s needs. This is far removed from traditional recruitment practices. Our practitioners have to be counsellors, mentors and coaches, allowing them to understand often complex human behaviours.

“The work of employability practitioners is often overlooked and misunderstood. Helping people towards work is very rewarding but the expertise and skills needed to make a successful transition into work should not be underestimated.

“From all at Seetec Outsource, we want to reach out to the industry and say well done, you are #filling vacancies.”

Hazel Ross works as an employment advisor for the Supporting Families programme in Wiltshire and was one of the first Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employees to be enrolled onto the Employability Practitioner apprenticeship in early 2021. She supports service users to overcome multiple and often complex barriers to employment and feels that the programme has provided a valuable opportunity to develop in her new role.

She explained: “The knowledge I’ve gained through the apprenticeship has helped me to better understand our service users, and this means that I can ensure the right support is available to them.

“The behavioural change techniques we’ve learned have proved particularly invaluable. I can apply these to real-world situations and have seen first-hand the difference they make. It’s given me the skills and confidence to deal with even the most challenging customers, and a better understanding of how our interventions can impact positively on employment outcomes.”

Employee-owned Seetec Group is currently supporting 107 learners to achieve the Employability Practitioner Apprenticeship qualification. A number of these are employees from its own employability division, demonstrating the business’s commitment and culture of learning.

The qualification, which was introduced pre-Covid, has now been adapted to remote learning.

The level 4 employability practitioner apprenticeship is a 15-month accredited programme, offering theory-based practical learning solutions.

To find out more about National Employability Day,  About Us | ERSA

To find out more about the qualification, Employability Practitioner | Seetec Outsource

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About Seetec

Seetec is an employee-owned business group committed to supporting an economic and social recovery from COVID-19 that is built around the principles of inclusion and opportunity. Its vision is to create an inclusive society where individuals, employers and communities across all the regions of the UK and Ireland can thrive and fulfil their potential. Originally founded in 1984, we are a leading provider of employment, skills, justice, and social care services. In 2021, we supported 65,320 people through our Employability and Health, Irish, Justice and Skills business divisions:

  • Interventions Alliance, which works within the criminal justice system and social care sector, delivers evidence-led solutions that aim to help people build better futures and wellbeing. It provides a wide range of specialist interventions, including independent approved premises for women; interventions for domestic abuse and stalking perpetrators; and rehabilitative services providing support with accommodation, education, training, employment, and personal wellbeing for people on probation. The business division also runs six Co-financing Organisation (CFO) Activity Hubs across three English regions to support individuals to continue on their rehabilitation journeys as they build a better future, turning a corner away from their criminal past.
  • Its Employability and Health division is, through Seetec Pluss, a prime provider of the Government’s Restart Scheme (4a Southwest) with four additional subcontracts, helping Universal Credit claimants who have been out of work for at least 9 months to find sustainable employment. Over the life of the Restart Scheme contracts, Seetec Pluss expects to support up to 166,000 people across the prime and four subcontracts. Seetec Pluss is also a prime provider of the Government’s Work and Health Programme and the JETS (Job Entry Targeted Support) Scheme which is targeted at helping those who have lost their jobs during the pandemic. Pluss, an award-winning independent Community Interest Company that provides specialist support to inspire people of all abilities to achieve work and a career, forms a key part of this division too. It is a social enterprise working to ensuring nobody is left behind in our society.
  • The Skills division offers adult education budget (AEB) opportunities, apprenticeships, and traineeships. Through its new strategy, the division aims to provide a wrap-around service in regions to support individuals, communities, sectors, and businesses to succeed. Last year the division launched Innovion, backed by leading engineering, manufacturing, and technology businesses, to deliver high quality technical training and apprenticeships.

 

  • Seetec Ireland delivers Job Path, the Irish Government’s main job activation programme which supports the long-term unemployed to achieve their work ambitions across Dublin, West, North and Northwest, Midlands and Northeast regions. The business division was also recently certified as a Great Place To Work, receiving a 77% satisfaction score in a Trust Index Survey of 183 employees.

The business group currently holds an Ofsted inspection rating of ‘Good’, it is B Corp certified and has achieved the Gold Investors in People Award which only the top seven per cent of accredited organisations across the UK receive. With a workforce of over 2,500, it has an Employee Council and an Employee Trustee Director within its employee ownership structure, who support and work with the senior leadership to influence the direction of the business group which is committed to delivering first-class public and related commercial services.

For more information visit www.seetec.co.uk or follow Seetec on Twitter: @SeetecInspire