At the BW3 annual general meeting (AGM) 2018, Greg Bate, Senior Operational Partnership Manager at Seetec Employment and Skills was voted on to the BW3 committee.
As Chair of BW3, Jodi Hamilton caught up with Greg to welcome him aboard and to discuss his skills, interests and to understand more about Seetec as a business. Here’s what Greg had to say…
Tell me about yourself
“I have lived in Wythenshawe for 15 years with my wife and two daughters aged two and five. Both my daughters were born in Wythenshawe hospital and my eldest daughter attends Newall Green Primary School. We regularly use the Forum and our residents postcode leisure card for things like swimming and we’ll all be active participants of the Wythenshawe Games in July.”
Why join BW3 and the committee?
“As a resident that wants to invest in the future of the area for my daughters and family, I’m keen to get involved in BW3. I’ve seen the positive results of the investment and regeneration of Wythenshawe, witnessing the impact of the Metrolink, of various new housing developments and the improvement in schooling standards and provision. I have great neighbours and I want my daughters to have great opportunities in life.”
“Seetec, the company I work for, are dedicated to benefiting communities and their social values underpin every decision, service and strategy – I guess I really do believe that we can all give and gain.”
What do Seetec do?
“Seetec are a specialist employment and skills provider that’s been around for more than thirty years. We offer a number of different services and like to work collaboratively with partners to deliver employment and skills opportunities to individuals, businesses and communities on a local and national level. Seetec have 35,000 employer relationships, support 500,000 customers across more than 100 delivery sites. The nearest to here is Stockport, Manchester, Oldham, Bolton and Wigan.”
“Seetec deliver courses in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which includes Jobcentre plus and Skills Funding Agency (SFA). We’ve also worked closely with the Work and Skills team and Manchester City Council (MCC) – that’s how I know Rob Dillon (also a BW3 committee member).”
“Ironically the Seetec Work Programme moved out of Wythenshawe because it was so successful; it ran out of participants. Now the service operates out of Stockport and central Manchester. There are still lots of opportunities available.”
“Recently Seetec collaborated with Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) to provide a digital skills course for the over 50’s. This was hosted at the WCHG Enterprise Centre, so that’s how I also know Nathan Jack (another BW3 committee member). There were 24 learners on the course delivered over 8 weeks, of which 65% of attendees positively progressed in to employment. Over 90% in total progressed in to either voluntary, further training and or work. A great result!”
“Seetec also sits on the national framework for delivery of apprenticeships in the Public Sector i.e. within local councils and is on the Greater Manchester Housing framework to provide Community Housing Groups with apprenticeships.”
Tell us about your career and what do you do at Seetec
“I’ve been at Seetec since Sept 2011 and before that graduated in Business Management. I went in to retail recruitment and worked for a time at JAM Recruitment in Sale. Then I moved to JHP and in to the “welfare to work” sector and worked on the Flexible New Deal contract. When that ended the Work Programme came about so I TUPE across to Seetec.”
“I’m used as an example of a Seetec success story because I’ve been able to move around roles and departments to move up the ladder quite fast. In the past I’ve been seconded to London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex and then applied to be Partnership Manger in Greater Manchester.”
Has being involved in BW3 had any impact for you and Seetec?
“Seetec exhibited at the BW3 Gateway and showcased what Seetec do at the MEA careers fair. I think I’ve attended every Gateway since. The speakers are great, the networking opportunities really good and there’s different businesses attending all the time. It’s always well attended.”
“I recommended the Seetec Employer Engagement Advisor attended which resulted in him being able to cement important relationships with some key employment and skills partners.”
“In the academic year 2018-19 I also hope to mentor a sixth form or college student. I haven’t had my training yet, but I am eager to get involved. From my past work experiences, I feel ready and able to take on whatever my mentee may need me for. I think the BW3 model should be replicated in other areas.”
“I’ve also joined the BW3 Education Sub Committee group so that I can help deliver School of the Year, Numbers at Work and I want to create apprenticeship opportunities with the many BW3 business members. It’s impressive that BW3 have joined together so many experts and committed people who really do know their education onions!”
Who else do you see demonstrating good in the community?
“Well a great example of a true partnerships is Seetec and Bury Council. They deserve a shout because of their work with schools and colleges. They have a joined up, impactful approach that’s collaborative and open minded.”
Is there anything that you’d like to promote for Seetec?
“It’s National Employability Day on Friday 29 June 2018 and I’m running 4 events nationally. Our event in Manchester is a pre-apprenticeship awareness event. This event is the perfect opportunity for 16-24-year olds to learn as much as possible about their career prospects in one condensed session. Not only have we got notable guest appearances including the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr June Hitchen, the MP for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, Deputy Leader of the Council, Nigel Murphy, Cllr for West Didsbury, Cllr Kilpatrick, and Cllr Carl Ollerhead, but young people get the chance to hear from those who have shared their experiences first hand.”
Why not come go along to no9 Marble Street, Manchester City Centre on Friday 29 June. There are already 40 partners and providers confirmed for the day. For more info and to register click the link Pre-Apprenticeship Awareness Event.
And finally, can we have a fun fact about Greg?
“Well…I’ve held a Crocodile in Zimbabwe and seen an elephant drinking in the pool. That was a great trip which I’d thoroughly recommend. I must have been aged 10 or 11 at the time but I remember it vividly. On that same holiday we also saw a hippo yawn at our speedboat. I now know that’s a danger sign as it means they’re annoyed.”
GREG BATE – BA Hons, AIEP
SENIOR OPERATIONAL PARTNERSHIP MANAGER
9 Marble Street
0161 236 8964