Emanuel Whittaker’s Apprentices Recognised for their Achievements

May 3, 2012

Award winning apprentices Katie, Tom and Liam

Emanuel Whittaker are justifiably proud of our apprentices after three of them were recognised for their skills and achievements at various awards events this season.

20-year-old Apprentice Carpenter and Joiner Tom Siwka has beaten off stiff competition to win the top spot at The Oldham College Awards, winning the main award of Apprentice of the Year.

Tom joined Emanuel Whittaker in 2009 as a bench joiner in the company joinery manufacturing workshop.  He then transferred to site and is now in the final year of his advanced carpentry and joinery apprenticeship.

After achieving a Distinction in her core knowledge test, Apprentice Bricklayer and Construction Ambassador Katie Lockwood was nominated by her college to take part in the Guild of Bricklayers Competition at Preston College. Although pipped at the post for the top prize, her tutors said “she is a credit to the company. Her work is of a very good standard and her attitude and conduct on the day were second to none.”

Apprentice Carpenter and Joiner Liam McKelvey has notched up awards in every year of his apprenticeship. Liam started off his award cabinet by winning ‘SELCA Apprentice of the Year’ in his first year apprenticeship. After getting 3rd place in 2010 and coming 2nd in last year’s National Skill Build competition, 18-year-old Liam was selected again to represent his college at this years competition.

Emanuel Whittaker Health, Safety and Environment Manager Lee Bradbury said “We’re very proud of all our finalists. Win or lose, they have all demonstrated the high levels of commitment and hard work needed to secure a trade in the industry.  We have a history of taking young people through apprenticeships and onto full time careers within our company, and we have high hopes that all our apprentices will have a secure future in their chosen trades.”

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