Meet our Employment Development Officer for Yorkshire and Humberside- Becki Bateson

For the last twenty years I’ve mostly been working in corporate Employer Engagement Management, mainly for training organisations and colleges, promoting apprenticeships, traineeships and the new LEVY. I was also self-employed, inducting candidates onto distance learning courses in the care industry.

However, I decided a couple of years ago that I wanted to find a more rewarding career, one where I felt that I was giving something back and making a difference to the communities I’ve worked in for many years.

My first experience of the charity sector was with supported employment at Mencap. This gave me contact with the Downs Syndrome Association’s WorkFit programme and when a job came up it seemed like the perfect next step.  I have been in my job now for three months and have already seen some wonderful changes in people’s lives.  I passionately believe that people with Down’s syndrome and other disabilities should be given the same opportunities to work as everyone else and the WorkFit programme enables this to happen.  I am already working with some incredible employers and candidates and am really looking forward to developing this in the Yorkshire and Humberside regions.  I’m incredibly proud to be the new representative of WorkFit for this region and can’t wait to be involved in more positive journeys for my candidates.

When I am not busy with work, I love to spend time with my family, friends and dogs.  I love trips away to secluded log cabins and to Slovakia where my partner is from.  I love music, I play drums, am in a gospel choir and I also work with bands in my spare time, helping them to sell their merchandise at concerts – I even worked for Ed Sheeran a few years ago!

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Leon took part in a Penalty Shoot Out @GXOLogistics in Derby to support the England Women’s Football team in the Euro 2022 final. He had a great time! https://t.co/QEdMLq8lPm
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Freya enjoyed meeting her work buddies at a site visit to @GXOLogistics in Newark. The team are learning some Makaton (sign language) in order to better support Freya in her role. It sounds like a great start! Good luck Freya. https://t.co/b7fST8aaI4
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Harley started work at Devon and Cornwall Police in 2020 in the Evidence Department. He was recently happy to take part in a 'Cornwall People First' event run by @CornwallCouncil and the Police for Blue Light Day. @DC_Police #BlueLightDay #CornwallPeopleFirst https://t.co/pp2ZnXsjLH
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