Denton man named ‘Apprentice of the Year’
Tuesday 25th April 2017 14:04 Business Denton & Audenshaw News Posted by Adam Higgins

A man from Denton is celebrating after being named Chartered Institute of Housing North West Winner in the category ‘Apprentice of the Year.’

Daniel Crowther is an apprentice with Adamas, the in-house repairs and maintenance company for Irwell Valley Housing Association.

The 24-year-old, from Haughton Green, came through Irwell Valley’s Golden Foundation, which funded two apprenticeship posts within Adamas.

The scheme sets out to provide training and employment opportunities for Irwell Valley residents and successful candidates embark on a three year programme to acquire the skills to become multi-skilled operatives.

Daniel joined in November 2013, aged 20, and after completing training in plumbing, joinery, tiling and decorating as well as Health & Safety and Customer Service, is now undertaking an NVQ Level 3 in Electro Technical Technology.

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and hosts a variety of awards to recognise outstanding achievements by professionals, organisations and students.

CIH North West was looking for a ‘truly outstanding apprentice who has hit the ground running and made a real contribution to the organisation’.

Cath Mustafa, Managing Director, Repairs, Irwell Valley said: “We recruited Daniel for his energy, desire to learn, acquire skills and improve his career prospects.

“He has set the bar for our future apprentices and is always striving towards his next goal.

“He shows great commitment and determination to expand his knowledge by taking his skill set to another level – and he encourages other apprentices to do the same.”

On hearing the news he was a winner, Daniel was shocked.

“I’m thrilled and my sincere thanks to the people who nominated me,” he said. “I’ve been given the chance to pursue my chosen career path and the apprenticeship programme opens up so many possibilities. I’m enjoying every minute.”

In 2015, Daniel volunteered to take part in the BBC’s DIY SOS Veterans’ Special broadcast which refurbished eight empty properties in East Manchester into houses fit for veterans with a range of disabilities.

Of that time, he says: “It was the least I could do. An experience I will never forget. Irwell Valley donated our time but I also worked out of hours. One of the veterans shook my hand and said ‘thank you.’ I replied ‘No. Thank you. It’s the very least I can do.”

Irwell Valley Adamas is currently recruiting Apprentices.

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