Jack and Richard’s journey into work with MACE and the University of Manchester Construction Academy

The University of Manchester and MACE 

Mace were appointed as Construction Manager in 2015   to deliver the University of Manchester Alliance Manchester Business School construction project. During this time they have been working with University of Manchester Construction Academy to support local people into employment within the construction sector.

The University of Manchester’s Construction Academy has supported MACE in identifying local people in order to give them the opportunity to get back in to employment.  The standard of feedback from the sites involved in regards to the workers that have been provided has been very positive.

MACE has found working with the Construction Academy to be very straightforward and has helped them create work opportunities for local people on local projects.

During 2017 MACE and their trade contractors have employed 6 individuals via the Construction Academy across a number of North West projects.

‘We are proud of the successes that we have achieved in securing sustainable employment and training for members of the local community engaged on the AMBS project. The Construction Academy team have actively supported the project attending many meeting with us and our supply chain.’  Ian Goddard – Mace Project Director

Jack Greenhalgh

Jack Greenhalgh - MACE

Jack started working for McCrory brickwork in March 2017.  Jack secured his job via the University Of Manchester Construction Academy, initially working on a different construction project in Stockport.  Before working with McCrory Brickwork, Jack had previously worked on small domestic projects and this opportunity enabled Jack to enhance his work experience and gain exposure to large scale construction building projects.

“Since starting for McCrory Brickwork, I have worked on several large projects and have done a variety of jobs on site, from brick and blockwork to mastic sealant and lots more in between.    I feel in the last 9 months my career has developed considerably, and I feel more confident in my work thanks to the opportunity I have been given. I now feel like I have job security working for McCrory Brickwork and I know I can develop my career in the construction industry further.”

Richard Dobson

Richard Dobson - MACE

Early in 2017 Richard was unemployed and keen to get back into the construction sector after a number of years being unemployed. After a meeting with his work coach he was referred to the University of Manchester Construction Academy at The Works in Moss Side.

At this appointment Richard was informed about the new job opportunities that had been created at McCrory Brickwork. Richard already had a CSCS card from a previous labouring job and following an interview with his job coach it was clear that his previous experience and industry knowledge matched the requirements that McCrory had.

Richard met the McCrory team and was offered a position immediately and started working for them in March 2017 as a labourer.  Over the last 9 months Richard has worked on Manchester Business School and has been bricklaying, patching and general labouring and recently transferred of the agencies payroll and became self-employed

“Before working with McCrory my confidence was low.  I have really enjoyed working with the team and feel that my confidence has grown a lot.  I have been working on the Alliance Manchester Business School project doing bricklaying, patching and general labouring. I have really enjoyed seeing the construction project develop. I am also in the process of signing up to register to work towards my NVQ level 2 in Brickwork so I can upgrade my CSCS card and become fully qualified”. 

MACE McCrory Brick

Building a better future

A Manchester-based construction company has received an award for supporting long-term unemployed people into work in partnership with the University

The Works (sign)

Willmott Dixon was recognised by the Skills for Business Awards 2017 for its work a key partner in The University of Manchester’s Construction Academy. The Academy launched in 2015 to offer pre-employment training, apprenticeships and jobs in the construction industry for unemployed people across Greater Manchester.

In partnership with the Construction Academy, Willmott Dixon has supported over 30 economically inactive people into careers in the construction sector – to become active members of society and begin their careers and support their families.

The Academy operates via The Works, the University’s not-for-profit, award winning, employment and skills centre, working with construction partners to support Greater Manchester residents into the opportunities created by the Campus Masterplan, the University’s ten year scheme to create a world-class estate.

The University’s Assistant Director of HR Steve Grant, who developed the academy, said: “I am delighted that Wilmott Dixon has been recognised at the 2017 Skills for Business Awards. I have been very impressed by the company’s commitment to supporting the University to ensure that our campus development delivers local benefit by creating job opportunities for unemployed Greater Manchester residents.”


Douglas was unsure about work and his future until the University of Manchester Hospitality Academy took him in the right direction

Douglas, 51, Manchester.

Douglas was a Carer for a while before his patient passed away, so he was out of work for 15 months before securing the opportunity in the University Of Manchester as a Building Attendant, through the University of Manchester’s House Services Academy.

Dougie AdairAfter being made redundant and to fill a gap whilst keeping his skills active he volunteered at The  British Heart Foundation, but  also attended  The Works and saw a leaflet advertising the roles where he was immediately interested.

Douglas was nervous going on the training course, but commented that not only was he made to feel at ease but he met a lot of new people, and that he felt at 51 years old it has changed him and made him a lot more self-confident.

Douglas welcomed the opportunity and has commented that he feels he has found a great opportunity and would encourage others to go for it!

After 9 years of being unemployed, Chris is working again!

Christopher, 59, Manchester.

Christopher had been unemployed for 9 years before starting the University of Manchester House Services Academy. He describes his previous job searches as relentless and fruitless.

Chris Wallace BAWhen asked about his journey into secure work Chris said;

“I felt apprehensive as I have been on courses with promises of work before and then nothing comes of it. It feels great, I am earning money and have job security which has made a big difference to my life!


The University of Manchester Hospitality Academy is back!

In conjunction with Verve People, the University of Manchester Hospitality Academy will be recruiting for bar, restaurant and hotel job vacancies in Manchester, throughout November and December. If you are looking for an opportunity to enhance your CV, or earn some money for Christmas, then this is an ideal opportunity for you.

There are a variety of jobs which will be available to you once you have completed the Academy.

All of the jobs will be temporary to cover the Christmas and New Year period, but as with our previous Academies, once you have built a relationship with an employer and proved that you are motivated and willing, the jobs can continue!

Hours: Various shift patterns and hours will be available to suit most people’s availability, during the daytime and the evenings.

Pay: £7.50 per hour + holiday pay

The Academy will prepare you and equip you with the skills you need for any of the jobs that are on offer, and will provide you with:

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Hospitality Customer Services
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Food Safety
  • City & Guilds Level 1 Introduction to Facilities
  • Bar, Food & Wine Training in a specially designed training environment

 We will be assessing for the Academy on Wednesday 8th November, and will start the training on Monday 13th November, until Tuesday 21st November. The training will run daily from 0930-1630. The Academy must be completed in full for you to be eligible for the job opportunities.

If you would like any further information or would like to book an assessment place then please call the recruitment team on 0161 667 6413

Verve People

The Works is recruiting for Amazon

If you are looking for an opportunity to enhance your CV, or earn some money for Christmas, Amazon sites in Manchester (Airport) and Warrington are currently recruiting for Warehouse Operatives to start in November, and December, for a minimum of 8 weeks work over the Christmas Period, and beyond. The jobs will be full time, working a 5 day on, 2 day off shift pattern. Day and night shifts are available.

Days: 0700 – 1800

0730 – 1830

Nights: 1830 – 0530

1900 – 0600

£7.65 – £9.36 per hour

These shifts include a minimum of a 30 minute break.

The Works will be starting a 1 week training academy, to equip you with the skills that you need to be able to carry out this job role, and to ensure that the job suits your employment needs. It will also provide you with a City & Guilds qualification in Facilities Management and Health & Safety.

Assessments for the course will be held on Tuesday 7th November 2017, and the course will begin on Monday 13th November 2017 for one week. The times of the course will be daily from 0930-1630.

If you would like any further information about the job, or would like to book yourself an assessment place, then please call the recruitment team on

0161 667 6413


Care information and recruitment day at The Works

On Monday 6th November Creative Support will be holding an information and recruitment afternoon at The Works, to speak to people who are interested in a career in care. They will be giving information on training, skills and jobs that they currently have available, and answering any questions that people may have relating to working in the care industry.

So whether you have worked in care before, or its something that you would like to consider as your next career move, come and along and find out everything you need to know!

The session will start on Monday 6th November at 1pm. If you would like to book a place please call The Works on 0161 359 3388.

Creative Support


Frezghi & John (UoM)Two formerly homeless men are celebrating after finding work with the University of Manchester, as it honours its pledge to the city’s Homelessness Charter. Frezghi Teklemichael (29), arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker from Eritrea, where he had previously worked as a teacher.

Following a successful application for asylum, he became homeless after financial support from the National Asylum Support Service ended. John Jackson, who is 23 and from Ancoats, had been unemployed for over 12 months and was living in the homeless tent community inManchester



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Our University of Manchester Construction Academy is back!


We will be launching our next Construction Academy this month, and the new academy will feature a 2 week training course, a CSCS test and card followed by a 4 week work placement with one of the University of Manchester’s main construction partners. After successful completion of the course and work placement, a guaranteed job interview will be offered.

The academy will offer the following qualifications:

  • City & Guilds Level 1&2 award in Employability
  • City & Guilds Level 1&2 certificate in an introduction to the facilities industry
  • City & Guilds Level 1 in Health & Safety in the construction environment

The total duration of the academy will be 7 weeks:

  • Weeks 1 + 2 – Classroom based learning @ The Works
  • Week 3 – Sitting CSCS/Health & Safety tests
  • Weeks 4-7 – Work placement on site with a University of Manchester construction partner

The academy will need to be attended in full (unless otherwise arranged) for the guaranteed interview to be offered.

Assessments – Monday 12th June 2017 @ The Works

Start date – Monday 19th June 2017 @ The Works

To book an assessment for this academy please call 0161 667 6413/6415 and speak to Stacey or Mike.

If you have any questions regarding the academy, please do not hesitate to call the numbers above or call Dan at The Works on 0161 359 3388.