Emanuel Whittaker apprentices shine at Skills Competition

Jun 13, 2013

Pictured here with Salix Homes Investment and Delivery Manager Colin Goodall presenting them with their prize.

Pictured here with Salix Homes Investment and Delivery Manager Colin Goodall presenting them with their prize.

A big congratulations to our talented apprentices Rachel Howarth and Matt Casey who won the recent Skills Demonstration Competition held at Salford City College.

External wall insulation trainees Rachael Howarth and Matt Casey, who both work for Emanuel Whittaker on our Salix Homes projects, went head-to-head with fellow apprentices from across all the Greater Manchester colleges in the Skills Demonstration Competition.

The event, hosted by Salford City College’s new FutureSkills Centre in association with Alumasc Exterior Building Products Ltd, saw competitors install key components of Alumasc’s external wall insulation system onto demonstration walls.

Rachel and Matt have worked on a range of Salix Homes properties in Salford including Floral Court, Black Friar Court and Stoney Knoll. The pair have both passed their NVQ Level Two in External Wall Insulation at Salford City College – a course which was developed in direct response to a skills shortage.

Colin Goodall, investment and delivery manager at Salix Homes, said: “This event really showed off the talent of the apprentices and the quality of training they have had in such excellent facilities.

“The skills displayed on the day by the apprentices were brilliant and Matt and Rachel did fantastically well to win. I’d like to congratulate all the apprentices that took part who are gaining real work experience improving homes in the city, securing the skills and qualifications that will be in demand with employers for years to come.

“The apprentices taking part in this scheme will be top of the league when it comes to securing a job in the future thanks to the hands-on experience and practical learning opportunities that we have been able to provide.”

Allan Milne, Head of Skills Academy for Construction & Built Environment at FutureSkills, said “Many congratulations to the competitors and winners of the event. The level of skill on show was exceptionally high and I know the assessors had a tough time choosing the winners. Many thanks also to Alumasc for their support throughout this project.”

Second prize was awarded to Sam Wardley, from Salford City College, and third prize went to Kyle Moore from The Manchester College.

Phillip Bull, of Alumasc, said “It was clear the competitors found the day really informative and applicable to daily on-site work conditions. The team from Alumasc was very happy to have been invited by Salford City College to be part of the event, and was pleased for the support of the Alumasc Approved Regional Contractors and local Housing Associations who visited on the day and passed on their knowledge to the competitors.”

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  1. Congratulations Rachel and Matt – we’re very proud of you!

    Comment by Emanuel Whittaker — July 4, 2013 @ 10:55 am

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