Emanuel Whittaker pledges to take on more apprentices

Mar 4, 2014

Emanuel Whittaker has announced a recruitment drive to employ more apprentices to work on its sites across the North West.

Emanuel works with several local Registered Providers (RP’s) operating in the region, including Salix Homes, Symphony Housing GroupTogether Housing Group, and Your Housing Group. Where possible, recruits will be sourced from social housing residents from the local area.


24 year old Rachel Howarth from Lower Broughton one of the many apprentices trained by Emanuel Whittaker

Lee Bradbury, Health, Safety & Environment Manager for the company said: “We are very proud of our record in supporting young people into employment.  The new recruits will join our current pool of apprentices engaged through our relationship with Procure Plus, (the RPs procurement framework serving the North West).”

Lee is currently interviewing young men and women to fill seven construction vacancies and will be awarding employment to locals through the Procure Plus framework.  He is looking for individuals who can show commitment and dedication to the positions across a three to four year period.  The company will work closely with Salford College.

Kate Parker, community investment and training manager at Procure Plus, said: “As part of any contract, we work with our members and contractors to create two training and employment opportunities for every £1 million spent through our regeneration frameworks. These are provided by the contractors on our frameworks and are funded by a transparent 1% levy placed on all goods and services procured through us.

“Emanuel Whittaker trainees have won several awards and we believe this is due to the effort it puts in to supporting apprenticeships and the opportunities that together, we can provide for trainees.”

The latest employment figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed more than 900,000 young people are still unemployed and over 250,000 young people have been unemployed for over a year.

The National Apprenticeship Service Apprenticeships has published figures which show that apprenticeships are growing in popularity among both employers and young people.  February 2014 figures reveal a 24% increase in Apprenticeship vacancies posted online between August and October 2013, compared to the same period the previous year.

Lee said: “Our latest apprenticeship drive highlights just how many people are keen to embrace this type of training.  If we had the funding, we could have filled these posts ten times over. Of the six apprentices who qualified last year, 100% still work for us, and the three who completed their intermediate apprenticeships are going on to advanced qualifications.”

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