New Directions apprentice successes

Two New Directions clients recently landed excellent opportunities with Mitie, one of Thirteen’s contract delivery partners.

Mitie Apprentices Oct17

2 Nov 2017

In March this year, Thirteen's New Directions team supported Kieran and Lewis to apply for for a Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship at Mitie and they were both successful in obtaining interviews.

Mitie were so impressed with both Kieran and Lewis at interview that they decided to open a further position, so they could both be taken on. They started their roles as Apprentice Painter and Decorators in May.

To enable them to successfully land these roles, the New Directions service provided them with support to enhance their CV, job searching, interview skills and provided money advice to ensure they would be better financially better off in work. Funding has also been provided via a Flexible Fund to help with interview clothes, safety equipment and travel costs.

Both Kieran and Lewis are thoroughly enjoying their roles and are delighted with the support New Directions has provided.

Lewis said: “The Thirteen team helped me to land the apprenticeship.”

Kieran said: “I’m really enjoying this apprenticeship, I would like to thank both Thirteen and Mitie for this opportunity.”

Kenny Dawson Operations Manager at Mities also had high praise for the New Directions service. He said: “We are pleased to be involved with the New Directions programme and the assistance they gave in the selection of or new apprentices Kieran and Lewis.

"Apprenticeships bring young people into our industry, many of them with huge potential. If they work hard enough, we can build on their training so they become a vital part of our company. They get a future in the construction industry and we get quality employees.”

If you or someone you know is 15-29, out of work, education or training and living in the Tees Valley then get in touch with New Directions today for support to find work.

You can contact 01642 947840, email, and at