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THG duo make national splash


Published by Jason Kayley for Together Housing Group in Housing and also in Education

Mark Singleton with his Plaisterers award Mark Singleton with his Plaisterers award

Two Together Housing Group tradesmen have landed national honours in a double boost for the company’s apprenticeship programme.

Housing Pendle Plaster Mark Singleton, hot on the heels of winning the Accrington and Rossendale College Student of the Year, won the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers Student of the Year Award in London.

He then went on to place fourth in the national finals of the Skillsbuild awards, as did Kyle Catterall in the painting and decorating category.

Kyle has won several awards during his apprenticeship, including the regional Skillsbuild title to qualify him for the national finals.

Also, Twin Valley Homes, a member of the Group, was named as one of the UK’s Top 100 apprenticeship employers at the National Apprenticeship Awards in Birmingham.

Mark said: “To win the Plaisterers award was a huge honour and it’s all down to the help I’ve had over the years.

“And I was also very pleased to well-placed in the Skillsbuild finals. I’m delighted and I have a very solid career to fulfil.”

Kyle added: “I’ve been lucky enough to win a few awards of the past couple of years, and it’s all down to the opportunity I’ve been given.

“I’ve learned from some very skilled and fantastic people and I have a very bright future ahead of me.”

Alison Clews, Skills & Enterprise Co-Ordinator, said: “We have a very strong apprenticeship programme across the whole business, and we have had many successes in so many areas.

“Mark and Kyle are shining examples of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. Both have grasped the opportunity given to them and have very promising careers.

“We are also immensely proud of the mentors, who have been guided their apprentices through, and this is as much a credit to their hard work and dedication.”

Ian Rumsam, Group Head of Repairs and Maintenance, said: “The apprenticeships we offer are creating managers of the future, with a culture based on skill, ability and attitude I am sure the organisation will continue to go from strength to strength.

“Our team should be very proud of what they have achieved and both Mark and Kyle have demonstrated that our commitment to the apprentice programme has paid off, the dynamic duo have certainly done us proud.”


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