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Adary land national apprenticeship gong

Adary JoinersLucy Sidlow, Debbie Ward, Director of Work Based Learning at Salford City College and Gary Sidlow.

Pendleton Together contractors Adary Joiners have landed the Small Employer of the Year at this year’s National Apprentice Awards.

The firm, owned by Gary and Lucy Sidlow, beat off competition from more than 1,200 entrants and were presented with their prize by Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Prime Minister’s Apprenticeship Adviser.

The couple set the business up in 2012 and has been working with Salford City College and Creating a New Pendleton to deliver Apprenticeships in joinery for just over a year.

Having previously only hired subcontracted joiners, Gary and Lucy, encouraged by the Creating a New Pendleton scheme, decided to bring stability to their workforce by employing local talent as apprentices that they could grow into employees, and later into the company’s future managers.

Gary said: “As a company we are very much in favour of Apprenticeships. I started my career as an apprentice, and my wife Lucy is an Apprentice Ambassador, so she spends a lot of time encouraging other local employers to get involved.”

Adary Joiners are currently working on the Pendleton Together regeneration project to renovate social housing in Salford.

The company currently employs four apprentices; Anthony Farrell, 23, Anton Levinson, 24, Luke Foster, 25, and their newest recruit, Cain Williams. 21-year-old Cain from Little Hulton started a Level 2 Apprenticeship with Adary Joiners after completing a twelve-week construction traineeship programme delivered by Salford City College through the Pendleton Together regeneration project.

Steve Close, Together Housing Group Chief Executive, added:

“Congratulations to Adary Joiners on this fantastic achievement. Adary have been an exemplary contractor in their approach to recruiting and supporting apprentices whilst working with Pendleton Together and Keepmoat on the ‘Creating a New Pendleton’ project. Well done!”

The company is also a supporter of the Salford City Mayor’s Charter, which is designed to help raise employment standards for employees and businesses across the city.

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