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Posted By Administration, 20 March 2019

Working with West Ham United women to mark International Women’s Day 

Apprenticeships specialist Seetec Group marked International Women’s Day with a visit to West Ham United women’s team to meet journalism apprentice Mitch Waddon, who has been working with the players to promote and engage with social issues affecting women.

Seetec Director Alison Bunney and Essex-based management apprentice Claire Illingworth, who were taking part in a job swap for the day, met Mitch and members of the women’s team.

Group Business Development Director Alison said: “Equality of opportunity is central to Seetec and we are keen to show how apprenticeships play a vital role in enabling career progression. It was great to see the way the women’s team is flourishing and to talk to Mitch about how his apprenticeship is helping him to take his skills to the next level.”

Lifelong West Ham United fan Mitch, a graduate with previous journalism experience, joined the club’s content team in August 2017, and is undertaking a two-year apprenticeship to develop his video production and social media skills.

Mitch said: “Before I joined, my knowledge of women’s football was limited but I was asked to promote the women’s team to help their growth and development.”

The women’s team successfully joined the Women’s Super League and turned professional for the 2018-19 season and Mitch took on the vital role of promoting new players and their matches.

“I’m really proud to have worked with the team, it’s been a really interesting journey and I feel so invested in their success,” he said. “I know more about the women’s team than the men now!” 

To mark International Women’s Day, Mitch worked with players on raising awareness of women’s issues. Through the Players’ Project, the club’s innovative community programme, women players partnered with a local homelessness charity to address period poverty, others attended an awareness course to campaign against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and a group addressed sexist tweets sent to the club.

Alison Bunney added: “Apprenticeships offer incredible variety, from Mitch’s journalism to Claire’s management, and give employers and employees the opportunity to benefit, from entry level to graduate-level and beyond.”

Claire Illingworth, who works in Seetec’s People Development Team, is a graduate and was keen to undertake her Level 5 Operational Management apprenticeship to develop her project management skills and leadership style. Claire said: “I have been working with the Institute of Employability Professionals to develop the Apprenticeship Standard for people working in employability and skills.

“It has been a great opportunity to practice what I preach, so I can explain the benefits of apprenticeships first-hand.”

The job swap also formed part of Seetec’s National Apprenticeship Week activities.

For more information about apprenticeship opportunities, contact apprenticeships@seetec.co.uk, telephone 01702 208270. Employers interested in recruiting apprentices should contact Seetec on 0800 3891 999, email employers@seetec.co.uk.

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Posted By Heather Ette, 13 March 2019

Suzanne’s Success Story

Suzanne suffers from fibromyalgia, a debilitating and painful muscle condition. Until recently she was also the full-time carer for her sick son, and a lone parent mother to two children. She had not worked for a number of years.   When her son was well enough to return to school, Suzanne was considering her options about returning to work.  She was referred to the Get Ready for Work Programme: eager to set up a business, but without the knowledge of what to do or the confidence to start. In the six months since she joined she has: set up her own stall, where she sells her own products; set up a sales website where she sells online, and has a social media presence on Facebook and Instagram as Luna Wisdom.

“Because of my health problems I knew that working full time in an office was not an option for me. Setting up my own business seemed like the ideal scenario because it would give me the flexibility I needed to support my family as my son returned to school.  As I made my own jewellery, I already had ideas about what I wanted to do but the problem was that I had no direction and just didn’t know where to start!

“I heard about GRoW through the Job Centre and was drawn to them because they supported mums who wanted to work part-time. I was placed onto the ‘GRoW Your Own Business’ Workshop run by Mercedes Grant – another mum who had also been through the GRoW programme and set up her own business. Because they were run in school hours, I was able to attend all the sessions.

“The Workshop really helped me.  I was overwhelmed with ideas before I started. I am 10 years clean and sober from addiction and the promotion of self-care is very important to me.  I had begun practising Reiki 2 years before, practising on friends and family but I didn’t have the confidence to step out on my own.  I had so many ideas about my business, tailoring it towards natural healing and helping people return to their authentic self, to learn who they are and what they want, what their passions are and to discover what’s blocking them. Mercedes really helped me focus on what I needed to do to set up a VIABLE business. 

“In the short bite-size sessions she showed me how to handle my own accounts, how to write a business plan and to do my marketing, but most of all she gave me the encouragement and the push I needed to believe that I could actually do it.

“In the last session Mercedes set me a challenge to run at least one stall before Christmas and just a month later, in November 2018 I set up my business Luna Wisdom.  I took a stall at the Uxbridge Craft Market and set up a website to promote my Reiki, jewellery and other products like my home-made bath bombs made with essential oils. I now run a stall every week.

“Most of my orders come from social media, which was something that I learned to use for marketing through GRoW. And what is clear is that the harder I work on my social media the more orders I get.

“I am now confident enough to be setting up meditation groups – and because of what I have been through I am making sure they are community based and low cost so that people like the me I was before I started can join in too.

‘I’m so happy to be working, doing something I really enjoy and also something that helps other people improve their wellbeing, I feel confident that I can develop a business that will support my family.

Liz Sewell FIEP, GRoW Director adds: “Suzanne has been great to work with. Her barriers were high, but her determination was strong.   She attended all her sessions, doing her homework and saving money so that she could start her business without going into debt. Most new businesses fail and making a profit is hard.  Susan had to set her business up and make the dreaded move onto Universal Credit at the same time. It is a testament to her commitment that she is now making a profit and thinking how to expand.

“Belina has followed her story from her first stall and Suzanne has since returned to advise other mums at GRoW, helping them understand that it is having passion and starting small but thinking long-term that makes a difference. We featured her in the International Women’s Day edition of our Newsletter. Her story has also been acknowledged by her local JCP who are delighted by her success and promoted by G4S who have sent out her story to all their sub-contractors as an inspirational good news story. In fact, Suzanne is an inspiration to all her who hear her story.

“We believe that hers is a really significant achievement that shows how you can overcome barriers and still follow your dream, balance family life and create a business.”

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Posted By Heather Ette, 05 March 2019

The Digital College seeks Non-Executive Director

In order to achieve our vision and ambitious growth plans The Digital College seeks to appoint a Non-Executive Director to compliment our existing Board of three Executive Directors.

As a member of the Board the Non-Executive Director (NED) contributes to the effectiveness of the Board by providing independent oversight, constructive challenge and industry knowhow/insights to the Executive Directors. They contribute to the company’s strategic plan and vision working closely with the Board to help it achieve the company’s objectives and targets. They ensure the Executive observe appropriate governance arrangements in the execution of their corporate and statutory responsibilities.

Read about the role here

 

 

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Posted By Administration, 05 March 2019

Success brings sweet reward for Rebecca

“l want to use my success to challenge the stereotypes that some people have.”

‘Aim High’ is the heartfelt message of 19 year old Rebecca Jackson from Heywood in Rochdale who has just landed her dream job with restaurant group The Ivy Collection and is the youngest pastry chef working in their new brasserie in Greater Manchester.

Rebecca, who has Asperger syndrome, wants to highlight her employment success to inspire other job seekers and to encourage employers to keep an open mind when a potential candidate explains that they have a managed disability or health issue.

“I received my diagnosis of Asperger syndrome when I was still at school,” explained Rebecca. “Now I want to use my success to challenge the stereotypes that some people have.”

After being unemployed for more than a year, Rebecca was referred by Michelle Lowery at Heywood Jobcentre Plus to Working Well (Work and Heath Programme), delivered in Rochdale by Ingeus. It is an initiative commissioned by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and receives support from the European Social Fund.

Rebecca received help from specialist Ingeus key worker Shaid Shakoor who put together a package of assistance that enabled her to further improve her social interaction and interview skills, gain work experience and boost her self-confidence.

“Although Rebecca had gained qualifications in patisserie baking and making confectionary, she had not been able to find employment,” said Shaid. “We placed Rebecca in a temporary paid role to initially gain work experience as a catering assistant at a local café. She also attended confidence building workshops and role play exercises and gained further assurance as we ran through practice interview sessions and work-place scenarios. I then arranged for her to attend an interview at The Ivy which was recruiting staff for its new restaurant in Manchester.”

The group of glamourous, yet accessible restaurants describes its nationwide venues as The Ivy Collection. The newly opened Ivy Spinningfields includes a ground floor brasserie, first floor private dining room, an Asian bar and restaurant on the second floor and a roof terrace garden.

“I am just so thrilled, I can hardly believe that I’m a pastry chef at The Ivy Spinningfields,” commented Rebecca. “I had the right support from Ingeus and I just kept on applying for the vacancies that they suggested. Now I feel I really have my dream job.

“It’s daunting getting to know people at first, but after taking a deep breath you just take things slowly. In the kitchens it is a real team effort and my managers are pleased with my work. They know about my diagnosis and it makes no difference to them or my other work colleagues. That’s how it should be. It’s always important to maintain your confidence and aim high.”

Ingeus delivers Working Well (Work and Health Programme) as part of an alliance partnership with The Growth Company.

This partnership is called InWork GM: www.inworkgm.co.uk

 


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Posted By Heather Ette, 05 March 2019

Celebrating International Women’s Day and National Apprenticeship Week

Blazing a trail: Melanie’s journey from apprentice to director

 

In recognition of National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March) and International Women’s Day on 8 March we are pleased to showcase an inspiring story from Seetec about Melanie Nicholson who started her career as a dental nursing apprentice and rose to become Seetec’s Executive Director for Excellence, Apprenticeships and Skills, blazing a trail for women in leadership.

Melanie Nicholson was 18 when she signed up for an apprenticeship in her chosen career of surgical dental nursing at Warrington Hospital, where she worked in the Maximillia facial unit. The skills she gained during three years working in surgical environments - and the distinction she was awarded on completion of her apprenticeship programme - immediately led to a job offer to teach the next generation of dental nurse apprentices.

That was the start of a rapid rise to director in the skills industry. By the age of 25 she was a senior manager and became a director at 31.

Melanie said: “I absolutely loved my apprenticeship from day one. My friends who had gone to college had the same knowledge and qualifications at the end of three years’ study, but they did not have the same hands-on experience of working in a surgical or theatre environment. In addition to all of this experience I was gaining, I was also being paid a salary.”

Melanie progressed from tutoring and assessing dental nurse apprentices to quality-assurance roles and then onto national management roles with large training providers. She was then promoted to Director roles, heading up training and apprenticeships divisions within large corporate employers, most of which were in quite male-dominated sectors.

When in one management role early in her career, Melanie admits she did encounter sexism. “I had a male colleague who was in a similar role once say to me: ‘You shouldn’t be on the same salary as me because you’re a woman.’

“I calmly pointed out to him that my performance and my team’s performance were continually higher than his, which meant that maybe I was better at the job than he was and I should probably be paid more regardless of whether I was a woman or not.”

The challenge she faced when she became a director for a large corporate with a national remit was compounded by the fact she was also a single mum, relying on her family and support network when her job frequently involved travel and overnight stays away from home.

“I asked myself why I can’t have it all. It was very difficult at times, trying to juggle being the best mum I could be while balancing my career and the expectations from both my team and my employer,” Melanie recalls. “I was the only woman in the senior team and regularly the only woman in Directors’ meetings. My male colleagues would regularly go to the pub after work to bond and talk shop and I would head off home to be with my son and relieve the childminder.

“Although at home with my son was where I wanted to be after work, it did make me feel slightly alienated from my peers. I was fortunate to have an extremely supportive Managing Director who taught me that success is earned and there is no such thing as short cuts, leadership is not a person or position, it’s a relationship built on trust and respect that leads to a shared vision.”

During her career Melanie has trained, quality-assured or managed the training for tens of thousands of apprentices. Her son, now 23, also chose the apprenticeship route, signing up for an IT apprenticeship and progressing into a role within the training sector.

“When I was at school, our career guidance was limited and pushed the girls towards apprenticeships in hair and beauty and the boys into construction,” Melanie said. “Those who wanted to go on to university saw apprenticeships as a lower class of education.

“Thankfully people’s attitudes towards apprenticeships have become much more positive, especially with the recent reforms. Apprenticeships have been aligned to specific job roles with an emphasis on the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to do the job.

“Apprenticeships are now seen as a serious career path, especially with the introduction of degree apprenticeships which enable individuals to progress their learning while being employed.”

Melanie joined national employment and skills specialist Seetec two years ago, with national responsibility for apprenticeships and skills across the Group.

She said: “When I am working with young women, I really encourage them to think about being independent, what career they want for themselves, what they will enjoy doing.

“My message is don’t get up every morning just to do a job, get up to do something you really enjoy. Be yourself, believe in yourself and aspire to be the best you can be.”

For more information about apprenticeship opportunities, contact apprenticeships@seetec.co.uk, telephone 01702 208270.

To learn more about National Apprenticeship Week, see https://www.seetec.co.uk/apprenticeships/insights/national-apprenticeship-week-2019 or follow #NAW2019.

   

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Posted By Administration, 27 February 2019

Invitation to join Better Work Network’s ‘In-Work Progression Guide’ steering group

As part of the Learning & Work institute programme of research and development, the Better Work Network is developing an ‘in-work progression guide’ targeted at stakeholders involved in the commissioning, design or development of support dedicated to helping low paid workers progress.

Building on L&W’s current research, their aim is to create a resource that outlines 
the different approaches and features of in-work progression support. Proposed areas of focus include:

·       The engagement of low paid workers: target groups, referral routes and messaging

·       Support delivery: barriers faced and suitable methods and types of support

·       Partnership working: working with support services and employers

·       Programme performance: expected outcomes and costs

 

To support the development of the guide, the Better Work Network has established a ‘guide steering group’ and are seeking the input of individuals with experience commissioning, designing or developing employment support.

Are you involved in the commissioning, design or development of employment-focussed support? Join our steering group and have the opportunity to support the development of a key resource which can inform future progression-related initiatives. All steering group activity will be completed via email, over two rounds of comments and feedback over the next six weeks.

Interested in joining the steering group?  Email: betterwork@learningandwork.org.uk

 

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Posted By Administration, 27 February 2019

GUAC Brexit Op-Ed featured within Inside Housing

If you’re looking for some interesting reading, then check out this recent Inside Housing article from GUAC’s Managing Director, Lynsey Sweeney.
 
The piece explores the uncertainty around Brexit and the risks of a no deal scenario. In the Op-Ed, Lynsey states:
 
“My message to the social housing sector is clear: in hard times we must not retreat to simply delivering bricks and mortar. Delivering social housing in today’s climate means both providing the homes our communities need, but also ensuring that tenancies are sustainable– through the good times and the hard.”

Read the article here 

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Posted By Heather Ette, 15 February 2019

Register now for GUAC's next webinar!

As part of their Communities that Work webinar series our partners, Give us a Chance Foundation, are running a webinar to share key insights informed by years of experience working with social housing residents on employment, engagement, enterprise, start-ups, and business growth.  

Join Alys Exley-Smith from Lewisham Homes, and Michelle Daniells from Growth Guaranteed on Friday 22 February.  Q&A is encouraged on the webinars, and GUAC welcome input from delegates on the day. Sign up here

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Posted By Heather Ette, 07 February 2019

Mindful Employer Update

By Mark Poole, Lead for Mindful Employer

At its most basic level, work provides us with a source of income, but it also provides us with so much more; the chance to meet people and make friends, a sense of accomplishment or purpose, even a sense of belonging or identity.

However, in spite of these benefits, with one in four of us likely to experience a mental health problem each year, poor mental health has fast become one of the biggest problems facing the workplace today – Did you know that less than half of employees feel able to talk openly about stress with a manager? Or that the number of absences caused by depression and anxiety has increased by 24% over the last seven years? At Mindful Employer, we strive to help you as employers to overcome these challenges. Last year alone we trained an additional 1,800 members of staff on mental health, and welcomed more than 250 new employers as charter signatories.

Upcoming Awareness Workshops

Each year, Mindful Employer hosts a series of open-house workshops designed to raise awareness of Mental Health in the Workplace. Open for anyone to book in, these workshops provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the possible impact of different mental health conditions on work, including how we might support our own, or a colleague’s mental wellbeing.

You can view the Workshop information here

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Posted By Heather Ette, 07 February 2019

Apprenticeships…we’re all about quality!

By Remploy and MAXIMUS Training

Apprenticeships offer you a great opportunity to access and develop talent. Despite recent improvements, there is still a lack of participation from disabled people and those with health conditions. Furthermore, the attainment levels for disabled apprentices are, in the main, significantly lower than for those without. Through our partnership with MAXIMUS Training we hope to change that with a new and innovative approach to delivering apprenticeships for all. 

Our programmes are fully integrated with existing Learning and Development programmes and seek to improve productivity, disability confidence, internal capability and resilience in your workforce. They are built on four key principles to ensure you get the maximum return on your investment.

Click here to learn more about our four key principles 

Click here to read our blog from Emma Shipstone, Head of Skills and Apprenticeships 

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