Dean, 25 from Old Trafford

Dean 25 Old TraffordDean had been unemployed for over 6 months, when a friend told him about the University of Manchester House Services Academy.

Before becoming unemployed Dean had some short-term work which didn’t last long and proved to be unreliable.

After completing the two week academy Dean started work as a Building Attendant at the University.

Dean said “ I can’t believe that getting a job this way has been so simple. I’ve turned up every day and completed the coursework, and now I’ve got a job. Having a reliable job and earning my own money and is really going to change my life”





Peter, 50 from Droylsden

Peter SouthernPeter had been out of work for 18 months, and was losing hope of being able to get back into the construction industry.

Peter visited The Works and after hearing about the University of Manchester Construction Academy he signed up.

He successfully completed the course and obtained his CSCS card which the Academy provided. Peter was introduced to Search Recruitment, one of the Universities preferred recruitment suppliers.

One week after his interview with Search, Peter started work as a labourer on site in Manchester. Within his first week he was offered, and accepted, an 18 month contract.


Peter said: “Knowing that I now have steady and permanent employment and some financial stability has lifted a massive weight off my shoulders. I can finally start to plan for the future. The university’s academy is a great idea and did the trick for me!’



Will, 19 from Gorton

After being unemWill at MECDployed for 5 months Will was offered an apprenticeship with Balfour Beatty working on the Manchester Engineering Campus Development [MECD].

Will already had a Level 3 diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, but wanted to progress and become a site manager.

Since joining Balfour Beatty in April 2016 Will has now gained the following qualifications:

  • UAV Drone Operators Certificate – and is now able to fly an unmanned aircraft
  • First Aid
  • Fire Warden
  • Construction Skills Certification Scheme Card (CSCS)

Will is currently working towards:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (HND,HNC,NVQ)
  • Site Management Safety Training Scheme
  • Setting people to work
  • Black Construction Skills Certification Scheme card (Construction site manager)

Will said:

“I’m really pleased that this was all made possible by the University of Manchester Construction Academy. The opportunities that I have been given are unbelievable. Balfour Beatty has invested in my future, given me lots of interesting challenges and has been there to support me throughout”




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Ryan from Urmston is a Level 2 Painting and Decorating apprentice with national construction contractor Willmott Dixon. When he left school, Ryan was keen to learn a trade and painting and decorating was the area that interested him most.

Ryan attends the University of Manchester’s Construction Academy for his off the job training.  Ryan said:  “The training at the Construction Academy has been really good.  The tutors have always been helpful, and made it a good environment to learn.  I feel comfortable to ask questions and I’ve learned lots of new skills since I started.  The facilities are really good, and I’ve been able to transfer the skills I’ve learned in the Academy into the workplace.”

Ryan continued:  “I really enjoy working at Willmott Dixon.  The work is really practical, and the staff are very helpful and treat me like an adult.  WheRyan Richardson - SCn I complete my Level 2, I’d like to progress to Level 3 and become a fully skilled tradesman.  Eventually, I would like to be self-employed and run my own business.”

Beth Modder of Willmott Dixon said:  “Ryan started with Willmott Partnership Homes at the Limelight Project, Old Trafford in early December 2016.  The Limelight development is part of the Old Trafford Masterplan which aims to create a vibrant, sustainable community, with quality housing, excellent environment, and good connections to employment opportunities together with improved retail and community facilities.”

“Ryan made an impact in the first few weeks of his placement, whilst carrying out the painting work at a Community Project we were working on at the time. The Manager of the Community Centre made a point of speaking highly about Ryan, emphasising his dedication to his work and his exceptional manners with all her staff while on site. This was certainly a pleasing start.  Since then Ryan has continued to develop his skills, and we’re looking forward to see him progress onto more advanced work very shortly.”

Senior Build Manager at Willmott Dixon, Neil Rowbottom added:  “I’ve seen a real improvement in Ryan’s work and a growing confidence while working here. This is a big project with approximately 120 operatives on site, so Ryan has done really well to get stuck in and work alongside the others in the safe manner we expect on a busy site.”

“Having developed a trusting partnership with the Construction Academy over the last 6 months after becoming displaced, the UoM Construction Academy has helped Willmott Partnership Homes successfully achieve their Social Value commitments with Trafford Housing Trust.  Referring a number of students to the site, we have been able to accommodate work experience and apprenticeship placements in addition to providing site visits and workshops for larger groups of students learning specific trades. We look forward to continuing this positive relationship in 2017.”

Steve Grant, Assistant Director of HR at the University of Manchester said

“The University of Manchester is committed to ensuring that GM residents benefit from the training and employment opportunities which will flow from its capital programme.  Ryan’s progression is illustrative of what can be achieved when developers, training partners and contractors work collaboratively”.


Joe, 18 from Fallowfield

Joe 18 FallowfieldJoe came to the University of Manchester House Services Academy after speaking to a friend who already worked for The University.

After finishing school and not being sure which career path he wanted to take, he came to speak to The Works.

Joe successfully completed the House Services Academy, and passed all of his qualifications, and he’s now working as a Building Attendant at The University of Manchester.

Joe said: “The Academy has been really positive and I’ve received a lot of support throughout it. After 2 weeks of training I’ve now got some qualifications and I’m working, and I’m earning my own money. I hope I can progress in the university and start a career there. This is a great job!”


Louise, 30, from Longsight

Louise 30 LongsightLouise had been unemployed for over 6 months when she was told about the University of Manchester House Services Academy that was going to be running at The Works.

Louise said: “This University of Manchester Academy with the job at the end of it is actually going to change my life. Since being here I have made some great new friends, and I can actually pay my own way. No more relying on family and the benefits system. I’m so excited about starting work!”










April 2016 – See Alvin’s story, and what happened to him after he went on The University of Manchester Construction Academy


In our recent 2015 customer satisfaction survey, this is what our customers said…

  • 95% of clients who visit The Works, say that their visit was of benefit to them and their search for work.
  • 90% of clients said that they were happy with the overall service they received at The Works.
  • 98.75% of clients said that they would recommend us, and our services to friends and family. 

Here are some figures, which highlight our achievements so far…

People registered with The Works 6,890

Job starts through The Works 2,825

Job starts in 2015 312

People who have completed a University Academy 1,270

People who have got a job at the University 1,490

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