It’s official we are one of the top 100 Apprentice Employers in the Country!

Nov 21, 2014

By Rukhsana Nabi – Partnerships Manager

National Apprenticeship Awards 2014 : LG Arena : NECIt is not every day you get to rub shoulders with industry leaders and politicians, but recently we were able to do just that at a glittering awards ceremony in Birmingham where Emanuel Whittaker was named one of the top 100 Apprentice Employers in the country.

The Top 100 List, compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds, recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices. It showcases the breadth of employers who now offer apprenticeships, and we are so proud that our organisation is on such a prestigious list, which features the very best companies nationwide who make a genuine commitment to young people.

As many of our readers know, Emanuel Whittaker has been supporting young people in training and on to employment throughout our 177-year history and we believe we have trained around 700 apprentices!  Today 25 of our 130 strong workforce are apprentices, that’s almost one fifth of our team.

We would not be as successful in this field if it were not for the backing of our clients such as First Choices Homes Oldham, Salix Homes, Contour Homes, Your Housing GroupCity West Housing Trust, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Southway Housing Trust and Together Housing Group who support and encourage our recruitment.  Local colleges, like Oldham and Salford also play a vital role in the process and of course, Procure Plus, (the RPs procurement framework serving the North West), provides targeted recruitment, training and support.

Finally, our programme is only as good as our staff who mentor the young people on a daily basis and of course the apprentices themselves who have become an integral part of our business.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that apprenticeships have a major part to play in building great businesses and encouraged others to follow our shining example!

He is right.  The construction industry generally has always supported apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship movement is now turning its attention to other sectors to encourage them to follow this example.  Youth unemployment is at an all-time high and by committing to an apprenticeship, you are committing to your future workforce.

As our new friend Nick Clegg said: “More businesses should find out how apprenticeships can help them build a skilled motivated and highly qualified workforce. For the Top 100 Apprentice Employers recognised in 2014, their great achievement clearly outlines why apprenticeships deliver the skills that young people and the economy need.”

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