Over 130 local people placed into work or training thanks to successful partnership

Ellie and Katie are just two of almost 60 local people celebrating new careers after attending job clubs in Middlesbrough run by Thirteen’s employability service, in partnership with Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group. This is in addition to the numerous individuals who have taken up training opportunities thanks to the service.

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18 Sep 2019

The organisations provide two job clubs in Middlesbrough to offer employment and training information, as well as expert advice and guidance for Clarion residents and the wider community of all ages.

Since the partnership started in November 2017, 247 customers have signed up to the service with 59 finding employment, 75 undertaking training and everyone receiving some form of support. This includes CV development, interview preparation, confidence building and job specific workshops, as well as offering exclusive job vacancies.

Susan Borrow, employability support service manager at Thirteen, said: “This is a great example of partnership working. We’re thrilled with the success we have had supporting people into work and training. We have also helped other members of the community by removing the barriers that might stop them getting a job, helping with things like building their confidence and developing their CVs. We aim to make the service a very positive experience for the people involved, and that can only be a good thing for those customers and the wider community.”

Mark Dixon, employment and training manager (north) for Clarion Futures, said: “By working in partnership with Thirteen we’ve made a much bigger difference, helping more than 130 local people into work or training. Together, we’re transforming lives and communities and that’s something of which all of us at Clarion are immensely proud.”

Ellie’s story

Ellie was already in employment, and the service provided support to help her apply for a neighbourhoods role with Thirteen. Ellie received telephone and online support with her application and with the interview that followed and is now working for Thirteen as a neighbourhood support coordinator.

Ellie said: “There were four vacancies and I was the only external candidate to be offered one of the jobs. Thank you so much for your help and support. Without it, I may not have got it, so I really appreciate all your help!”

Katie’s story

Katie attended one of the job clubs after being referred by her mum. Katie was not happy at college and was interested in an administration role. She had help developing her CV and through her employer engagement officer, was offered an interview straight away and successfully secured an administration apprenticeship.

Katie said “I would like to say a massive thank you for all the help and support I received from the whole team. I am absolutely thrilled to be doing my apprenticeship – your team provide an amazing service!”   

Thirteen also supports other events organised by Clarion Futures, which generate referrals into the service. These have included seasonal activities and information events. Specific sector events are also organised, such as the two-day course that was recently held for those interested in the care sector, which resulted in five people finding work.

The job clubs run on Wednesdays at the Sutton Centre in Saltersgill, Middlesbrough and on Thursdays at St Aidan’s in Middlesbrough town centre, both from 9.30am to 11.30am. For more details, call Thirteen’s employability team on 01642 947 840 or email employability@thirteengroup.co.uk.

Pictured is Thirteen caseworker, Khialah, with a customer at the Saltersgill job club.