Thirteen to provide new education and training support project

Housing provider Thirteen is expanding its jobs and education support services following the award of a new contract to provide careers support for people in Teesside.

Karen Kenmare and Kate Bell with transporter bridge

26 Apr 2021

Thirteen is partnering with Education Development Trust to provide education, employment, and training support to people throughout the Tees Valley.

Thirteen’s dedicated employability caseworkers will work with people to help them investigate the career and training options open to them, and to apply for jobs, courses or apprenticeships to help them achieve their ambitions.

The contract will support people over-18, with a particular focus on 18–24-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training. Emphasis will also be on supporting low-skilled adults, people who have been unemployed for more than 12 months, single parents, and adults with special educational needs or disabilities.

Karen Kenmare, Head of Business Growth at Thirteen, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with Education Development Trust on this new project.

“We know that work and training can transform people’s lives, so every step that customers take in the world of work could have a huge impact for each individual. The services that we provide will help customers to understand the options open to them, boost their confidence and take the next positive steps in their careers.

“The new contract will complement the existing education and training support services that Thirteen provides across the North East, including our employability service for tenants, youth employment programmes and a number of other schemes and job clubs.

“We’ll support people to develop a record of their career and learning goals, find advice, and develop action plans to access training, education or employment. The new contract will enable us to support around 300 local people each year.”

Thirteen and Education Development Trust share the aim of providing services that respond to the needs of individuals and employers, helping people to find sustainable work to make the region more competitive and successful.

Kate Bell, Subcontractor Manager for Education Development Trust said: “Since the start of the COVID19 pandemic Education Development Trust has supported over six thousand people in the Teesside area seeking careers advice. Expanding our reach to include Thirteen group as part of our delivery network gives more scope for customers to gain access to free and impartial careers advice at a time when many people are looking for exactly the type of support and guidance we can provide.’’

Thirteen provides free employability support for its customers and the wider public. The team can be contacted on 01642 947840, or