Salford apprentices shine at awards ceremony
Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Education
The Salix Homes Apprentice Award winners
Talented young apprentices from across Salford have received the recognition they deserve at the inaugural Salix Homes Apprentice Awards.
The Salford-based social housing provider hosted its first ever Apprentice Awards to recognise the talents, skills and commitment of its local young apprentices who have secured training and employment opportunities through the Salix Homes Path 2 Work scheme.
More than 40 apprentices were nominated for the awards, which were held at the Copthorne Hotel, Salford, on Friday, October 18.
Talented Marlis Hamnett, 21, an apprentice joiner with Forrest walked away with the top award – Apprentice of the Year – winning a £1,000 cash prize, which he has vowed to spend on a car.
Marlis, a former pupil at All Hallows High School, has been on the apprenticeship scheme for two years and is now nearing the end of his Level 3 NVQ in joinery.
Marlis, from Pendleton, said: “I’m made up to have won because I really didn’t think I was going to. I have loved every minute of my apprenticeship, I’ve learnt so much and it’s been a great experience. When I finish the apprenticeship I’m going to stay with Forrest and try and get as much experience as I can."
Popular Rachel Howarth, an external wall insulation apprentice with Emanuel Whittaker, scooped the Apprentices’ Apprentice Award as voted by her workmates.
Rachel, 23, originally studied childcare, but decided to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps, who was a plasterer, and has never looked back. Her managers at Emanuel Whittaker describe her as “one of their most dedicated trainees who always has a smile on her face”.
Other winners included:
Mentor Award – Tam Graham from Emanuel Whittaker
Best in Trade (Customer Service) – Matthew Walmsley, Customer Access Advisor at Salix Homes
Best in Trade (Mechanical and Electrical) – Ross Salmon, plumbing and heating apprentice with Belfry.
Best in Trade (Multi-skilled and Joinery) – Luke Carroll, carpentry and joinery apprentice with Emanuel Whittaker.
Best in Trade (Wet Trade) – Matthew Casey, external wall insulation apprentice with Emanuel Whittaker.
Most Improved Apprentice, John Johnson, joinery apprentice with B4Box.
Best Young Apprentice – Jack Thornton, multi-skilled apprentice with Forrest.
Salix Homes works alongside its partner contractors to offer a range of apprenticeships to young people in Salford in a number of trades including carpentry, joinery, plumbing, gas engineering and plastering, as well as professional roles such as customer service.
The social housing provider has so far recruited more than 100 apprentices through its Path 2 Work scheme and apprentices gain valuable training and qualifications as well as hands-on experience working on its multi-million pound Decent Homes improvement programme.
Apprentices have worked alongside Salix Homes’ contractors on a range of regeneration projects including Nine Acre Court, Floral Court and Blackfriar Court.
Joe Willis, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “We are very proud to be supporting the young people of Salford alongside our partner contractors with our successful apprenticeship and training programmes.
“It’s a real honour for us to publicly recognise our talented apprentices at the inaugural Salix Homes Apprentice Awards and I’d like to thank our contractors for their support with this wonderful event.
“All of our apprentices should be very proud of all they have achieved. They represent the future workforce of Salford and it’s wonderful to see so many young people in Salford grasping the opportunities we are providing to improve their lot in life.”
Salix Homes, which was recently named by Salford Council as the chosen landlord to take ownership of 8,500 council homes in Salford in a proposed stock transfer, has secured a commitment from its contractors to recruit two apprentices for every £1million invested in homes and communities across Salford.
Joe Willis added: “Salix Homes is committed to providing practical learning and training opportunities for young people in Salford now and into the future and we will be working hard alongside our partners to create more apprenticeships and training programmes for local people.
“If the stock transfer goes ahead we are promising to invest a further £700 million over the next 30 years, which could generate more than 1,000 new apprenticeships for local young people.”
The Apprentice Awards were sponsored by contractors Forrest, Emanuel Whittaker, Morrison, Sure, Seddon Construction, Bullock, Procure Plus, Alumasc, Vista, B4Box, Liquid Roofing, Rixonway Kitchens and Salford City College.