An apprenticeship can take you anywhere

Mar 15, 2016

Most of the senior managers here at Emanuel Whittaker started work as apprentices.  As it’s National Apprenticeship Week, we thought it would be nice to meet some young people who have completed an apprenticeship to see where they are now.  Follow our blog this week to hear some more inspiring stories from our apprentices.

Meet Katie Lockwood from Oldham


Finding myself aged 16 with no qualifications to my name was something of a dilemma.  Academic work was just not for me, and so going to college to re-sit my GCSEs was not an option, and so I decided to do something that would keep me as far away from books as I could get.

Emanuel Whittaker was recruiting apprentice bricklayers through its procurement partner Procure Plus.  It was a minimum three-year commitment, hard work and no messing about.

The benefits of an apprenticeship mean you are being paid while you learn.  It is just the right mix of college work where I did practical as well as theory, and real work on a real building site.

Katie with joiner John BrayshawI have qualified as a bricklayer, received my NVQ Level 2 and 3. I have since completed a further year to get a BTEC in Construction and the Built Environment and I am now working as an Assistant Site Manager with Emanuel Whittaker.

An apprenticeship has been the best route forward in my career. Just because you don’t like school or you don’t do well at school doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get a good job.  If like me, you want to do well and work hard but would prefer to find another route to meet your goals; my advice is to find an apprenticeship with a good company.

Read all about ‘What Katie Does’ in the February edition of

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