Event bids to ‘get Wigan working’

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A SPECIAL business networking event for would-be employers in the area is to be staged at Wigan Investment Centre.

The free recruitment and funding event is being organised by Employment and Training Company Seetec which has helped hundreds of local unemployed people find a job.

“The plan is to showcase ways in which we can all help get Wigan working”, said Seetec Centre Manager Jenny Sullivan.

“This is a unique chance for us to bring potential employers together with candidates who are actively seeking work right now and for businesses to network with other local companies.”

The event, which is also being supported by Wigan and Leigh College, will take place at the Investment Centre in Waterside Drive, on Thursday February 28 from 4pm onwards.

It will feature details of the Government’s Youth Contract and also Apprenticeship schemes.

Key speakers will include Kevin Walsh, Principal Officer for Partnership and Development for Wigan Council, Jonathan Beadman, operations manager for Seetec and Programme for Unemployed (PFU) tutor Andrew Gregory.

Under the Youth Contract, eligible employers can access special funding up to a maximum of £2,275 if they take on a young person, between 18 and 24 years old, for more than 16 hours a week.

For Apprenticeships, if they sign up before the end of March 2014, they may be able claim up to £1,500, subject to terms and conditions. Seetec team members will also reveal details of other available grants and a range of comprehensive and free services to future employers and demonstrate how they can benefit individual businesses in the region.

Ms Sullivan said: “The Work Programme is not just about landing a job it is about helping our customers stay in work and assisting in their on-going progress.

“It is about thinking ahead in terms of job creation and companies demonstrating their corporate social responsibility in the Wigan community.”

Local businesses will be asked to show their support by signing up at three special “hot desks” manned by Seetec staff including Christopher Smith, Annalise Hewitt and Hayley Fisk.

Seetec is one of the UK’s largest and most experienced providers of Government-funded employment and skills training programmes assisting people to get employment or gain qualifications.

For further details of the free event contact Jenny Sullivan on 01942 231512 or e-mail jenny.sullivan@seetec.co.uk