Nine local people building their futures thanks to partnership

Nine local residents have secured apprenticeships or employment through a partnership between Thirteen, the largest housing association in the North East, and expanding local company J Mac Scaffolding and Safety Systems.

J Mac Apprentices Staff Thirteen Team 2

16 May 2019

As part of their social value commitment as a Thirteen contractor, J Mac partnered with Thirteen’s employability team to recruit for their apprentice opportunities and six customers have been successful.

The Stockton-based company then approached Thirteen to support them with a full time administrator vacancy and have also employed two more customers who have been working with Thirteen’s offender employment coordinator.

Karen Kenmare, Thirteen’s senior housing related support manager, said: “Thirteen invests heavily in supplier contracts and social value is a really important part of the tender process. Our work with J Mac is an excellent example of the process exceeding our expectations.

“We work with some of the hardest to reach people in the region and being able to offer opportunities like this, with hands-on practical work experience and good career prospects, is invaluable to us and to our customers. They have really shown their commitment to supporting the local labour market and community.”

Thirteen is continuing to engage with the apprentices with six months of in-work support and is continuing to work with J Mac to identify future apprentices.

Luis McCarthy, managing director at J Mac said: 

“We are delighted to be working with Thirteen’s Employability Team. They have already identified nine great candidates for us who are all now busy learning their trades. We are proud to offer a programme that really gives the trainees a proper understanding of our business as well as the importance of their role as the next generation of scaffolders. I think that ‘homegrown’ staff are great for us, because they are really committed and will help us continue to grow.”

Thirteen’s employability team supports employers in various sectors across the Tees Valley and County Durham by offering candidates to fill vacancies and apprenticeship opportunities. To find out more call 01642 947840 or email