Meet Mohammed

Jun 23, 2021

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Welcome to Whittakers

May 25, 2021

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Welcome aboard Taylor Varley

Apr 21, 2021

Emanuel Whittaker are very happy to introduce Taylor Varley, our new apprentice Joiner.

Taylor is pictured proudly displaying the kitchen he helped install on our Northwards Housing project at Appleford & Bath Estates, Harpurhey. 

Site Manager Mark Healey said “Taylor is settling in really well and is highly thought of by the team”.


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 The deadline for applications is Sunday, 24 September.

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.