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Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Communities

Daniel Livesey Daniel Livesey

A Salix Homes employee who starred in a TV documentary is in line to be named Apprentice of the Year.

Daniel Livesey, aged 24, has been named as a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category in the prestigious National Federation of ALMO Awards.

Daniel, from Bolton, began his apprenticeship in 2012 joining the Salix Homes 1st Response Team, which provides 24-hour access to all housing services, as well as mobile patrols and anti-social behaviour response.

Daniel impressed judges with his strong work ethic, enthusiasm and commitment to the role, which sees him work around-the-clock providing a vital service to social housing tenants in Salford.

Last year Daniel was one of several Salix Homes' employees chosen to feature in Channel 4 documentary Britain on Call, which focussed on night-time call workers in Greater Manchester.

Daniel, who was last year given a permanent position as a 1st Response Officer, said: "It was a real surprise to find out I've been named as a finalist, but I'm absolutely delighted. Like anyone, you just do your job and don't expect to be recognised for it so to have this sort of recognition is just fantastic and I'm truly honoured."

Salix Homes, which manages 8,500 properties across Central Salford, scored a hat-trick of nominations for the second time in the NFA Awards and has also been named as a finalist in the Helping Tenants Prepare for Universal Credit Through Digital Inclusion category, and the Improving the Private Rented Sector category.

Salix Homes impressed the judges with its Connecting Customers project, which aims to teach tenants essential IT skills to help them get online in preparation for Universal Credit, which will see huge changes to the welfare system and requires people to manage their benefits online.

It was also recognised for its private sector leasing arm of the organisation - Salix Living - which has helped bring more than 70 empty homes in Salford back into use since it launched two years ago.

Sue Sutton, chief executive, said: "To be nominated for just one award is a remarkable achievement, so to find out we are up for three such prestigious industry awards is overwhelming and is a real testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone at Salix Homes.

"We are particularly proud of Daniel Livesey who really epitomises the importance of apprenticeships and the role they can play within an organisation. We have watched him grow from a fledging apprentice into a much-respected member of the team who is destined for a long and successful career and we wish him the very best of luck in the NFA Awards."

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on July 16.

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