Emanuel Whittaker raises £2,400 for Maggie’s Centres (Oldham)

Oct 19, 2017


Our recent annual charity golf day has raised £2,400 for Maggies Centres (Oldham).

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Pictured (l to r) are Laura Tomlinson (Centre Fundraising Manager, Oldham), Clive Newton (Managing Director, Emanuel Whittaker) and Bernie Byrne (Oldham Centre Head).

Emanuel Whittaker Facilities Manager Philip Peacock organised the day. He said:  “We would like to pass on our huge thanks to everyone who supported this event, especially our sponsors who were predominantly businesses from Oldham and the surrounding area.”

Fifteen teams joined in the fun at Saddleworth Golf Club and the day was won by a team sponsored by M & R Heating Ltd

Clive Newton, Managing Director of Emanuel Whittaker, added:  “It was a great day for everyone involved and thankfully the weather held out. We are very proud to be supporting Maggie’s Centre as it is not only a very worthwhile and local charity which we hope will do tremendously well, but it is also a very beautiful building.”

“Both players and sponsors have been incredibly generous with their time and money and even found extra cash to add to the evening raffle.”

The Emanuel Whittaker Charity Golf Day was first held in 2012 as part of the company’s 175 anniversary year celebrations. It was so successful, the company have made it an annual event and if you are interested in supporting the event in 2018 get in touch @emanuel_whittak

Call for more women in construction as we launch apprentice recruitment drive

Sep 21, 2017

Jake 01 Jake 02 Jake 03Salix Homes and Emanuel Whittaker, together with other partner contractors have launched an apprentice recruitment drive in Salford – and we are calling for more women to consider a career in construction.

Salix Homes are inviting applications, both male and female, for their latest intake of apprentices to work on their multi-million pound investment programme.

Salix Homes have appointed Emanuel Whittaker as one of its principal contractors to deliver their £38million improvement scheme to 2,900 homes across the city over the next three years.

For every £1million invested, Salix Homes and partner contractors have committed to creating two apprenticeship positions for local people, as part of their ‘Earn as You Learn’ initiative.

Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said: “We are very proud to work alongside our partner contractors to provide these training and employment opportunities for local people to help them create a better life for themselves.

“We’ve had some tremendous success stories through our apprenticeship programmes – both male and female, so we believe it is important to remember construction in the housing sector is open to all and we want to see more women learning the tools of the trade.

“Only 14% of the workforce in the construction industry is female, but we believe it’s time for a change and women should be able to fulfil their potential and thrive in careers, such as plastering and joinery, that have previously been dominated by men.

“Apprentices represent the future of the sector and our Earn as Your Learn initiative provides a fantastic opportunity for young people, both men and women, to gain valuable skills, experience and qualifications while still taking home a wage.”

The two and three year apprenticeships are run in conjunction with procurement consortium Procure Plus and include positions in a number of principal trades, including plastering, gas engineering and site logistics.

Apprentices will also work towards an NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 qualification.

As well as Emanuel Whittaker, the apprentices will work alongside contractors Sure, The Casey Group and A Connolly Ltd; as well as with Salix Homes’ own Repairs and Maintenance Team.

In the past two years, Salix Homes has recruited 45 apprentices to work across the organisation and with partner contractors, the majority of whom have been with Emanuel Whittaker.

Jake Rawlinson, 22, from Swinton, is a joinery and carpentry apprentice with Emanuel Whittaker working on the Salix Homes partnership and says he’d definitely recommend going down the apprenticeship route.

He said: “My father and uncle are in the building industry, and my interest grew after going out with them and seeing what happened. I also saw the potential to work and possibly progress to other things such as site management.

“I was fortunate enough to be given a great opportunity with Salix Homes and Emanuel Whittaker to do an apprenticeship which I really enjoy – working and being taught at the same time.  I would encourage anyone who is given a similar opportunity to take it up.”

To find out more about the apprenticeship opportunities available with Salix Homes contact Jackie Crook on 0161 779 8966 or email jackie.crook@salixhomes.org. The deadline for applications is Sunday, 24 September.

Home sweet home for Salford flood victim Barbara

Jun 2, 2016

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A Salix Homes great grandmother who fell victim to the worst flooding in Salford for 70 years is now all smiles with her newly-refurbished home.

Barbara Miles lives in one of nearly 300 of the housing association’s properties affected by the Boxing Day floods – all of which are now going through a major programme of improvements and repairs.

The 79-year-old, of Lower Broughton, said the work that has been carried out – which includes a newly-fitted kitchen – has been done to ‘perfection’.

Salix Homes spent the first few months after the floods supporting tenants to rebuild their lives, drying properties out, and preparing homes for comprehensive flood refurbishment work.

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Dehumidifiers were placed in properties to remove moisture and a financial support package was put in place to get residents’ homes and lives fully back to normal.

Once all dried out, the housing provider has been able to start its comprehensive programme of work.

Barbara is now back on her feet after her life was turned upside down during the festive period when the floods damaged her furniture, carpets, kitchen units and possessions.

The Heath Avenue resident said: “It was so upsetting. Everything was ruined.

“The water was about a foot deep and created a mud bath. Everything had gone in an instant.”

Three Greater Manchester contractors – Emanuel Whittaker, Seddon and A.Connolly Ltd – are carrying out the work, which includes new kitchens, skirting boards, vinyl floors, radiators and decorating where required.

Barbara added: “Salix Homes kept checking to see if I was alright. They started to strip the wallpaper, tiles and floors and then carried out repairs.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the work Salix Homes and Emanuel Whittaker have done and I’m delighted with my new kitchen.

“Everything has been done to perfection. All the staff that came to help, I could not fault them at all. They made a bad situation easier to live with.

“I want to thank everyone who has helped me and the community.”

Mark Foster, head of investment at Salix Homes, said: “All our residents affected by the floods have shown great resilience to get their lives back on track.

“We understand that this has been a long and tough journey for all of them and we’re working as quickly as we can to ensure the flood damaged homes are brought back to a good condition, like Barbara’s, and get everyone back on their feet.”

Double H&S accreditation

May 20, 2016

 By Lee Bradbury – Health, Safety and Environmental Manager

safe contractorIn 1837 a certain Mr Emanuel Whittaker set up a joinery business in Oldham.  In the same year, it was established for the first time that an employer owed, in common law, a duty of care to his employee, which you could argue was the beginning of the introduction of a workplace health and safety movement.  Although it was not until 1974 that the we saw the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act

Now while health and safety can sometimes be the butt of press jibes, we should not forget that health and safety legislation has saved literally hundreds of lives – but that doesn’t mean job done – especially not in the construction industry. According to figures from the HSE in 2014/15 there were 65,000 self-reported non-fatal work place injuries or 3.1% of workers injured in the UK construction industry, compared with only 2% of workers across all industries. Sadly, there were 35 workers fatally injured which is 3.5 times the average rate across all industries.

This means that despite huge inroads into worker heath and safety, working in construction can be a dangerous place which is why here at Emanuel Whittaker we have a rigorous health and safety policy in place.  In 2002, we achieved CHAS Accreditation (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) which is the benchmark measure for public organisations to comply with their duty to assess competence, under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.
While CHAS is largely associated with those of us working for clients in the public and social housing sectors, the Safecontractor accreditation offers a similar assessment of standards but is more widely recognized by clients within other industry sectors.

One of our housing clients prefers to work with companies that are Safecontractor accredited and always happy to oblige our clients where we can, we decided to apply for this second accreditation to run alongside CHAS.

I am delighted to announce that after a successful vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and our track record for safe practice, Emanuel Whittaker has now been approved by Safecontractor which makes us doubly covered in terms of our health and safety practices.
Emanuel Whittaker – SafeContractor Certificate (2016-17)

The Sky’s the Limit for Rachel

Mar 18, 2016

In our final blog in support of National Apprenticeship Week, we celebrate the achievements of young people who have moved away from the traditional roles to meet the construction demands of the future…

Meet Rachel Howard from Salford

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I completed my plastering apprenticeship and then was keen to take advantage of a new qualification which was developed by North West regeneration consortium, Procure Plus, and partners. I am really pleased to be the first person in the UK to achieve an NVQ Level 3 in External Wall Insulation at Salford City College’s City Skills Sixth Form Centre.

Like many people I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I left school but I had 10 GCSEs and so could have gone on to do quite a lot.  I have a big family and was used to looking after kids and so I went to college to study childcare.  I qualified and got a job but I hated it.

I absolutely loved doing my apprenticeship and get a real sense of satisfaction once a job is done and you see your lovely render on the outside of a building.

People think all apprenticeships are just for school leavers but there is funding available for older people and I don’t think you are ever too old to change direction or learn a new skill.

It was definitely the best move I ever made. Now I have a trade and I am confident my skills will always be in demand.