Novus apprentices grew their skills on challenge day
A group of our young operatives recently took part in our Apprentice of the Year challenge at an allotment in Stoke-on-Trent which is run by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust and our client, Steelite International. Later this month, we will reveal the overall winner and runners-up of the challenge, but before we do, find out what our apprentices learned during the day in this blog.
The challenge really helped me to develop my teamwork and communication skills as we all worked together to make over the allotment for the Root ‘n’ Fruit project. My favourite thing about the day was working alongside the other apprentices to tidy up the site so people in the local community can grow vegetables there.
My role at Novus is as an apprentice painter, so it was good to get hands-on in the allotment and do something a bit different, and something I haven’t done before. I picked up a lot of new practical and theoretical skills and it was rewarding to know that all the hard work we put in on the day went towards helping the local community.
I feel as if I really learned the value of team work and good communication during the challenge as we all had to work together so closely. My favourite thing about taking part in the contest was knowing I‘d been chosen as one of the final seven apprentices. The nervous anticipation of not knowing what the challenges were was quite exciting and the satisfaction of seeing all our hard work result in a job well done was rewarding.
During the day, I really enjoyed figuring out alternative ways of completing work as we were on a very tight schedule and needed to work together. Seeing a few of the apprentices I met during the apprentice week last year was great, and it was amazing to meet Victor Moses of course! All in all the day was brilliant, and good fun as well.
I developed many valuable interpersonal skills on the day, as I interacted with lots of different people and made sure I was always professional and friendly. The challenge required plenty of teamwork too, which helped me to build on my communication and motivational skills. My usual area of work is painting and decorating so it was great to do something a bit different.
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