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APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR INTERVIEW

  21 APRIL, 2020      AWARDS , CAREERS , CORE VALUES
After scooping the Novus Apprentice of the Year award at this year’s Excellence Awards, Kelvin, Senior Contracts Manager and Neil, Site Supervisor sat down with Aaron, Multi-Trades Apprentice to find out a little bit more about this young rising star Why did you choose Novus to do your apprenticeship? I chose Novus to do my apprenticeship because I discussed the opportunity with my family and looked at all the other opportunities that were being offered, I liked that the company had a strong presence within the town I live in and the work they have done within my local area. What attracted you to your profession? I chose the multi-trade apprenticeship because I wanted to learn most of the trades in the construction industry. I liked the fact that I would get a good understanding about all the different trades that Novus had to offer; which I feel will benefit myself throughout my life and career. What are your career aspirations? My career aspirations are to become a fully qualified maintenance worker within Novus, another aspiration is to become a site manager or a site supervisor for the company. What have you most enjoyed about your apprenticeship so far? I have mostly enjoyed learning about the different trades in the company and learning about how to run a site as a site manager. Is there any job you particularly enjoyed working on this year? The job I have enjoyed working on most this year is a Wrexham roofing contract; this is because I have learnt a great deal about re-roofing and how to run a site to a high standard. Earlier in my apprenticeship I went from site-to-site until Kelvin took me to one side and asked how I would feel about going on the Roofing contract with Neil as my mentor. I jumped at the chance and since then, have not looked back. Kelvin has spent a day a month with me on-site and in the office for me to demonstrate what I have learnt the past month. Kelvin has fully supported me in my learning, alongside Neil, who has shown me the correct way to run a site, has supervised me doing site inductions and tool box talks, and always takes his time to go over things with me if I don’t understand them. Jay, the TLO, has also spent time showing me what she does, how to liaise with the tenants, and what forms need to be completed before we do the job. In turn, I’ve enjoyed helping Jay with all the fundraising events she does and even was asked to be the Novus Bear at one of these events. I feel that I have achieved more in the last 18 months than I ever did before and want to thank all the team on the roofing contract for the education and skills I have picked along the way. What advice would you give to any new apprentices? The advice I would give to any new apprentices is to get stuck in with whoever you are working with and don't be afraid to ask questions! If you are ever unsure or want to know something specific, or if things are ever not going well in your apprenticeship, then would encourage you to speak to your manager. They will always do their best to help, as Kelvin and Neil have helped and supported me over the course of my apprenticeship. I would like to Thank Novus for the opportunity they have given me. Want to learn more about the Novus apprenticeship scheme? To register your interest in becoming a Novus apprentice, please contact us via our online form or send your CV to recruitment@novussolutions.co.uk
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NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK: MEET OUR APPRENTICES DAN, MIKE AND FINLEY

  05 FEBRUARY, 2020      CAREERS , CORE VALUES
Between 3rd – 9th February 2020 Novus celebrates National Apprenticeship Week. We are proud to have an 82-year long tradition of training apprentices and since 1938, the recruitment of apprentices has been a key focus for the company.   We believe that Novus is great place for young people to undertake an apprenticeship but don’t just take our word for it, here are 3 of our latest cohort explaining why they chose Novus.   Dan: Apprentice Joiner at Novus Dan chose Novus because he has family already in the business and was inspired by how well they are treated in the company. Novus are a family business; his motivations align perfectly with our own company values. Pursuing a career in joinery represented a more fulfilling role than his previous position as a plasterer. Dan felt like his career was flatlining and felt that a change of trade was needed. Dan decided that joinery offered him the opportunity to “get his career off the ground,” and as he likes to get stuck into his work, chose a profession that allows him to work on-site, in the real world rather than learning in the controlled environment of a classroom. In his first year with Novus, Dan is looking forward to meeting new people and is excited about facing the kinds of real-world challenges that arise outside of the classroom.  Looking ahead, Dan has ambitions of moving into management one day; following in the footsteps of his family and forging a long-term career for himself within Novus. Mike: Apprentice Electrician at Novus Mike is currently working out of the Novus Burton office having joined the company as an apprentice electrician. He was convinced to undertake his apprenticeship with Novus because of their track record of high-quality training and career development & progression opportunities that achievable within the organisation. Mike’s decision to train as an electrician is born out of his prior experience within the profession and his affinity towards the type of work involved. He feels that Novus is a great place to develop his skills and harness his potential. As with all our apprentices, Mike is looking forward to learning new skills, meeting new people, and is excited about the challenges that lie ahead as he develops. Being “the best electrician he can be” is Mike’s aim; this is reflective of the determination, drive and enthusiasm that all Novus apprentices possess. Once qualified, Mike intends to work his way up into a supervisory role and believes that the sky is the limit for him and his career at Novus. Finley: Multi -Trade Apprentice at Novus Finley is one our Multi-Trade apprentices who applied for the Novus apprenticeship scheme after researching the company online. Having been impressed by the positive reviews he found about Novus, Finley applied and was selected to join the programme. Finley chose a multi-trade apprenticeship in order to gain a more rounded and diverse skill set in construction to fulfil his long-term ambition of owning his own business. In his first year with Novus, Finley is looking forward to getting a greater understanding how the construction industry works and meeting experienced professionals from whom he can learn. Although he dreams of owning his own business one day, Finley is hoping to stay with Novus for a long time; building his knowledge and skills to become the best well-rounded multi-trades professional he can be. Want to learn more about the Novus apprenticeship scheme? To register your interest in becoming a Novus apprentice, please contact us via our online form or send your CV to recruitment@novussolutions.co.uk
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HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT BECOMING A QUANTITY SURVEYOR?

  18 NOVEMBER, 2018      CAREERS
Quantity surveying has lots of potential for career progression. Since the recession quantity surveyors are in short supply, and people with the right skills are in high demand. It’s not too late to start your career in quantity surveying and there a number of different ways you can start your journey.   What is a Quantity Surveyor? A quantity surveyor is pivotal to most building projects and is instrumental in keeping costs down, ensuring value for a client. As a quantity surveyor you will be expected to be able to manage costs, calculations and figures and therefore, strong numerical skills are vital. Often acting between the architect and construction team, a quantity surveyor ensures that value is prioritised at every step and that timings and costs are met, whilst abiding to all necessary regulatory standards. Qualifications Required To be a fully qualified quantity surveyor you will need to have either a degree or a professional qualification accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). However there are a few different options in regards to achieving either a degree or receiving a qualification:   Degree Route There are a number of universities across the UK that offer quantity surveying courses, which when completed, will give graduates the ability to work in the field. This option can be flexible like all degrees; they can be completed part-time or full-time, but have the benefit of giving a professional qualification at successful completion.  Postgraduate Conversion If you already have a degree then you do not need to repeat the full process to qualify as a quantity surveyor. Many degrees, such as construction, mathematics and civil engineering lend themselves to being the perfect base for a career as a quantity surveyor. Irrespective of the course studied, postgraduate conversion courses are available for any degree and are a great route for those who have already graduated.  Apprenticeship Route If you haven’t yet got a degree and don’t necessarily want to go down the university route, there are plenty of apprenticeship opportunities for those interested in becoming a quantity surveyor. With a great background of training apprentices at Novus, we know that apprenticeships are a great way to get qualified without the debt associated with university. Quantity Surveyor through Work Not too dissimilar to working through an apprenticeship, one way to work towards the qualification would be to go into a junior role and study alongside this to become fully qualified. Here at Novus we always encourage personal growth and urge employees to pursue qualifications from these positions, so this could be a great way into the industry. Donna McLean, Novus Quantity Surveyor A great example of a quantity surveyor who became qualified from work is current Novus employee Donna McLean. Donna has been qualified as a quantity surveyor for 8 years, 6 years at Novus this month, and she recalls the reasoning for initially wanting to become qualified: “I was actually working as an accounts administrator and was passed up for a promotion that I had been promised, as I didn’t have an accounts qualification. I then approached the director who had rejected my promotion to ask if I could train to become a QS. He thought that was a great idea. I then arranged to go to college on a day release to complete my HND in quantity surveying. I completed this over two years, then joined third year of the BSC QS course at Glasgow Caledonia University, again studying while I was training as a QS.” Why Join Novus? Whether you are currently a qualified quantity surveyor or looking for your next step in your career and considering becoming a quantity surveyor, Novus often have vacancies right across the UK for talented individuals. Here at Novus we offer fantastic career progression alongside a family values-driven environment, which could be the perfect place for you to take your next career step.  
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DANI CHOSE NOVUS

  15 OCTOBER, 2018      CAREERS , CORE VALUES
Dani Robert Wrights tells us why she joined Novus when she was looking for progression… I had previously worked for a larger corporate business, where I felt like a number. My line manager manged so many people you wouldn’t have been surprised if they didn’t recognise you when they saw you. At the end of my time at my previous employment I did some training towards becoming a site supervisor however when I left I didn’t have the experience to go for this role straight away. I came to Novus looking for progression in February 2017. I wanted a business to invest time and effort into me. I’m not a job hopper so wanted to make sure this move was the right one. As soon as I met the team I knew things would be different at Novus. Since joining Novus I’ve developed much faster than I expected to. Joining Novus as a Contract Liaison Officer (CLO) I joined Novus as a Contract Liaison Officer (CLO) where my role was to keep communications flowing between site teams, clients and office colleagues. A big part of the role was customer communication – lettering procedures, satisfaction surveys, pre-entry information, and engagement sessions to ensure that all of our customers were kept informed throughout the work. Refurbishment and Decoration Work The majority of my work was with residents of housing associations, councils and care homes where we were carrying out cyclical decoration or kitchen and bathroom refurbs.  My role meant I came into contact with lots of different people and no two days were ever the same – I could spend days in the office or equally I could have been visiting three different sites in a day.  I liked the variety the job gave me, and it definitely kept me busy! Social Value Projects Part of Contract Liaison Officer role was to head up social value projects.  I’ve organised a wide variety of events from refurbishing community spaces, to teaching people with learning difficulties painting skills whilst decorating an internal space for them to making donations.   In my new role as Site Supervisor I have had the exciting challenge of supervising the Big 5 Project in Birmingham but from a different perspective. Now I am responsible for co-ordinating the works, making sure we stick to programme and stay within the budget, as well as ensuring my colleagues health and safety remains at the forefront of everything we do. The Novus Difference What makes Novus different is the close working relationships.  The directors visit and they know you by name, which makes you feel like a valued part of the team. I also have a strong support network of colleagues around me.  There’s always someone you can direct questions to. It’s no surprise to me that when people come, they stay. If you are looking for a company where you can progress, like Dani was, why not look through our current vacancies.  
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