Emanuel Whittaker has top apprentices – it’s official!

Oct 24, 2013


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Tam Graham starts the event, winning the Mentor Award Luke Carroll won Best in Trade(multi skilled and joinery)
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Matthew Casey won Best in Trade (wet trade) Rachel Howarth was voted for by her colleagues to win the Apprentices’ Apprentice Award


Emanuel Whittaker staff scooped four awards at an inaugural apprenticeship award ceremony recently.

The event hosted by Salford based Salix Homes is designed to celebrate and recognise young people who are working through an apprenticeship programme and Lee Bradbury, Health, Safety & Environment Manager said he was pleased the company have taken so many of the gongs.

“We firmly believe in giving young people the chance to train for a long term career,” he said.  “The Emanuel Whittaker apprenticeship scheme is run in close partnership with our clients and local colleges and we are proud to deliver a programme of modern apprenticeships, work opportunities and work experience.  Clearly we must be doing something right to win so many accolades.”

23 year old Rachel Howarth from Salford was voted for by her apprentice colleagues to win the Apprentices’ Apprentice Award.  She is an external wall insulation apprentice but initially trained in childcare. She swopped life in a predominantly female dominated environment for one with the boys.  She said:  “I absolutely love it and I am seen as one of the lads on site and that is how I like it.

Former Site Manager Tam Graham won the Apprentice Mentor Award.  Tam has now moved on to run his own business, but was delighted to be nominated by so many apprentices for the award.

25 year old Luke Carroll won Best in Trade (multi skilled and joinery) and 22 year old Matthew Casey won Best in Trade (wet trade).

Lee adds:  “We believe we have trained around 700 apprentices in our 175 year history.  The   positive   impact   of apprenticeships on individuals, businesses and the economy should not be under-estimated.

“In this time of record high youth unemployment, apprentices offer a skills-based learning programme which helps young people earn a living and provides employers with access to a pool of talented new recruits.

“We are very proud of our award winning young people and we are also grateful to Salix Homes for developing this award scheme which recognises their hard work and determination.”


Salix Homes Chief Executive, Joe Willis pictured with award winners Luke Carroll, Rachel Howarth, Matthew Casey and Tam Graham.

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