Local apprentices on the road

Jun 13, 2013

apprentices driving Trafford-20130327-00017Apprentices working for Oldham based construction and regeneration company Emanuel Whittaker have been given the chance to take subsidised driving lessons, thanks to an initiative from Procure Plus, the company’s procurement partner.

Lee Bradbury, Health, Safety & Environment Manager for Emanuel Whittaker said:  “Our trainees are not office based and are regularly asked to work on sites all across Greater Manchester. These are young men and women and chances are they have not yet had the opportunity, or the cash, to pass their driving tests.  This can have an adverse effect on the effectiveness of their training and their futures in the industry.

“Procure Plus has recognised the issue and is giving 20 top performing trainees a head start by providing up to 20 hours of driving lessons as well as paying for their theory and practical tests which is a saving of between £300 – £400.”

Despite the best efforts of Emanuel Whittaker to keep trainees in their local area, it is not always possible and so having the ability to drive is a real bonus for these young trainees.

Emanuel Whittaker apprentice external wall insulation operative, Rachel Howarth and bricklayer, Katie Lockwood were part of the first intake to benefit from the scheme and are now the proud owners of a driving licence.

Katie  said:  “The help from Procure Plus has really made a difference.  I live in Royton and have to work all over Manchester and so being able to drive will not only make getting to and from work considerably easier, but will also help my career as having my driving licence  is an obvious bonus.  It would have probably taken me a lot longer and cost me a lot more money to get my licence if I had not had this help from procure plus. I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity.”

Three more trainees based at Emanuel Whittaker have just been selected for the scheme. Matthew Casey, Rhys Jones and Bradley Healey will soon be starting their driving lessons and are hoping to secure their driving licences and get on the road before the end of the year.



  1. Hi,
    I was wondering if there was any opportunities for a joiner with NVQ levels 1 & 2. If you could let me know and send an email to the above address It would be greatly appreciated. I’m currently out of work and would like the chance to shine.

    Many thanks

    James Goodwin

    Comment by James Goodwin — July 11, 2013 @ 7:45 AM

  2. Hi James,

    Apologies for the delay in responding, I have been on leave and unfortunately hadn’t picked up your e mail.

    If you are still interested in opportunities with Emanuel Whittaker, could you please send your CV to our Contracts Director, John Gallagher at john@emanuel-whittaker.co.uk, or send it direct to our head office for John’s attention.

    Good luck


    Comment by Emanuel Whittaker — August 23, 2013 @ 10:22 AM

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