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Kim reflects on her award success

26th Nov 2013
Kim reflects on her award success
We were really proud when we heard the news that Novus apprentice Kim Beagan, who is based in our Glasgow office, had won the Young Builder of the Year award at a ceremony held by Youthbuild. Here, she tells us what she enjoys most about her role and what being an award winner feels like.
During my two years at Novus I’ve been involved in various projects, from working on BT’s call centres and at the Holiday Inn Express in Glasgow to working nightshifts as part of the Glasgow Caledonian University contract and carrying out work in Renfrewshire schools.
In each of these jobs, I’ve learned so many things and have picked up lots of new skills thanks to the senior supervisors and the more experienced people I’ve worked with.

I’ve always enjoyed painting and decorating – it’s been something I’ve wanted to do since I was young. When the Youthbuild opportunity came up through Action for Children, I jumped at the chance and applied straight away! I was delighted when I was offered a placement at Novus and then a role as an apprentice.
What I enjoy most about my job is seeing the end result of a project I’ve worked on and feeling like I’ve achieved something. The thought that I have helped to create, mend or paint something as part of a team is great – it makes me feel really proud to be part of Novus.
Being nominated for the Young Builder of the Year award was brilliant. I never thought I would actually win it! I had a great day down in London at the awards ceremony, but it was also nerve wracking and I was very shocked when it was announced I had won.

It was my first time down in London, which was really exciting, and I met lots of new people. The ceremony was held in the Houses of Parliament and afterwards we went on a bus tour to see more of London’s sights and then went on the London Eye.
I’ll never forget my time down in London and my award is a great reminder of the day and of what I’ve achieved. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in with even more projects at Novus, and to completing my apprenticeship.
I would say to any young people – male or female – who want to get involved in construction: do it! You won’t regret it.

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