What It’s Like To Be A Novus Apprentice

  03 February, 2023      CareersColleague DevelopmentCompany Updates
What It’s Like To Be A Novus Apprentice

It’s National Apprenticeship Week! We’re excited to launch our apprenticeship opportunities next month and we would love to hear from you. To register your interest for an apprenticeship submit your details here.

By completing an apprenticeship with Novus you will gain #skillsforlife, and can experience a varied and rewarding future. All our apprentices have access to a mentor to guide them through their development, and they can feel confident about receiving the help and guidance they need from all levels of our business.

We are a values driven, family business with a rich 126-year history. We pride ourselves on our apprenticeship programme, where we nurture and develop talent to help apprentices reach their full potential. Combining learning with hands-on experience, our apprentices can look forward to a bright career with a business that is passionate about being a great place to work.

Don’t just take our word for it, we’ve asked some of our current apprentices what they love about working at Novus…

 

Logan Collier – Quantity Surveying Apprentice - National Apprenticeship Week2

Logan Collier

Quantity Surveying Apprentice 

The contracts I am currently working on are for the University Of Manchester & Daresbury Laboratory.

What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?

I enjoy everything about my apprenticeship. From arriving in the office in the morning to leaving at the end of the day, everyone has been so welcoming within the Novus team and helpful with the beginning of my Quantity Surveying Journey. I can’t thank everyone enough for helping me settle in so quickly. Each day is different and a new challenge, learning different aspects of the job role and I am loving every minute of my learning.

What advice would you give anyone thinking about taking on an apprenticeship?

If you are undecided on taking an apprenticeship, I would recommend going for it. It is the perfect opportunity to learn while also being paid so it is a no-brainer!

What are you looking forward to learning during the rest of your apprenticeship?

I am looking forward to developing my skills by preparing and submitting applications for payment, valuations and invoices, building my knowledge of estimates, cost plans and undertaking whole life costing techniques and principles. I’m also keen to build awareness of identification and notification of issues affecting programme completion.


Brodie McDiarmid – Carpentry Apprentice - National Apprenticeship Week

Brodie McDiarmid

Carpentry apprentice

I am currently working on contracts throughout Scotland for Home Group, Melville Housing Association & Manor Estates Housing Association.

What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?

I love the hands-on nature of doing an apprenticeship. Every day is different and brings different challenges to overcome with the support of the team around you.

What advice would you give anyone thinking about taking on an apprenticeship?

Ensure that you make the right decision for what trade you want to learn as this is for life. Then just get stuck in, observe, ask questions and give things a go.

What are you looking forward to learning during the rest of your apprenticeship?

As much joinery and carpentry as possible. I am really enjoying the variety e.g. ceilings, ply floors, doors, handles etc.


Rebekah Cliff

Health and Safety Apprentice

I am based in our Central Support office and also have lots of opportunities to shadow site inspections with our Safety, Health and Environment Coaches & Compliance Managers.

What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?

I really enjoy the range of opportunity I have in my apprenticeship. As I am learning the theory and the practical side behind the SHEA function it means I get to see office working life and also site working life. I like the fact that I get to communicate with two groups of completely different workers and I can gain knowledge equally from both teams.

What advice would you give anyone thinking about taking on an apprenticeship?

Taking on an apprenticeship is very different to continuing onto college or university. My advice would be to make sure that you are willing to take on new opportunities, to step out of your comfort zone and to ensure you have the willingness to learn and work at the same time.

What are you looking forward to learning during the rest of your apprenticeship?

I am looking forward to being able to develop my on-site knowledge by applying the theory information I have gained throughout my apprenticeship and training to further my understanding of the practicality of the SHEA function.

Take a look what our last year apprentices got up to on Novus’ annual apprentice residential:

Find out what our 2022 apprentice intake think here

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