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A view of Apprentice Week – by our apprentices!

12th Sep 2013
A view of Apprentice Week – by our apprentices!
We’ve recently taken on 19 new apprentices who are now all at work at our bases across the country! Each apprentice took part in our selection week, including a day transforming Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. Here, three of our apprentices tell us what they enjoyed about the selection week and what their hopes are for the future.

Thomas Pearce (Poole):

I learned so much during the apprentice selection week. From manual handling training to asbestos awareness training, Novus made sure I had all the health and safety knowledge I needed before venturing out onto site. I had ladder safety training too and we were also given CSCS test questions to complete to make sure we had taken in all the information so we were safe when working.

I really enjoyed putting my knowledge into practice during the day at Middleport Pottery. Working in a team and communicating with others was something I really enjoyed about that day – we all helped each other out and once we got to know each other it was easy to work together.

My ambition is to become a qualified tradesman and I want to do this by learning on the job, so the apprenticeship scheme is perfect for me! Hopefully in three years’ time I’ll be working as a fully qualified operative for Novus.

Glen Speight (East Midlands):

I applied to join the Novus apprenticeship scheme after seeing an advert on an apprenticeship website – it looked like just the sort of thing I was after as Novus is a big company with a great reputation, so I was confident that they would look after their apprentices and that there would be plenty of opportunities for me.

My favourite part of the week was the Middleport Pottery day. I helped to paint the bowling green building and the bridge on the site. I really enjoyed working as a member of a team – there is so much team work in the construction industry so this experience will be a big benefit for me in the future!

Paul Andrews (Cambridge):

The week has definitely given me a head start in the trade – I’ve learned so much about health and safety, team work and the construction industry. We had health and safety talks, manual handling training, asbestos awareness training and ladder safety training and I know all of this will be a massive benefit to me in the future.

The hands-on work with the Novus team at Middleport Pottery was great – knowing that we were helping a community felt really rewarding. Working with others was great experience for us all as we all swapped tips and ideas, which helped us to complete the job to the highest standards.

I enjoy working in construction and like the variety of tasks involved – there are so many career opportunities in the industry, too. In three years I hope to be fully qualified and working for Novus as a full time tradesman.
To view a video of the Novus Apprentice Day 2013, click here:

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