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Former IBM Director joins as new Non-exec

FORMER IBM DIRECTOR JOINS AS NEW NON-EXEC

  15 AUGUST, 2018
Contractor Novus has appointed John Palfreyman, a former IBM director, as a non-executive director. His appointment will see him support the Stoke-headquartered contractor’s board with strategic decision making and integrate information-led innovations into project delivery and business management. John Palfreyman’s Background Palfreyman, an independent cybersecurity and emerging technology consultant, has combined general management with emerging technology leadership roles over his 40-year career in IT. Neil Hand, chief executive of Novus, said: “John brings a wealth of experience to Novus. At IBM he led the strategic direction of some of its key emerging technology businesses globally and the board is looking forward to gaining this different perspective. “Every industry, not least construction, is witnessing massive change because of technological innovation. While the sector may have lagged behind others in this respect in previous years, we’re now seeing an explosion in the use of data and insight in the delivery of construction projects. His experience working for one of the world’s largest data and technology firms will undoubtedly prove invaluable over the coming years.” John Palfreyman’s View on Novus John added: “Novus has a history of innovation which has seen it embrace change and adapt to meet new challenges. It’s an exciting time to join the business as it looks to improve efficiencies through digitization and leverage information for strategic advantage.”
Supporting the next generation of tradespeople

SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TRADESPEOPLE

  05 MARCH, 2018
Neil Hand, Our CEO, who started with Novus as an apprentice explains the importance of apprenticeships Supporting the next generation of tradespeople is integral to our business and it is something we have successfully done for over 80 years now. This year we will recruit 21 apprentices across the country. The scheme is a fantastic chance for young people with the right attitude and potential to start to build a career with our support. Our apprenticeship scheme provides people with personalised practical skills required for future roles in the industry. Our people will support our apprentices to develop their skills and maximise their potential and prepare them for future opportunities. We want to inspire, empower and motivate people to make a difference. When I joined the company over 35 years ago, I never considered that I would become the CEO, but it’s a testament to the support network provided by the company that I was able to do so. Each year we hold an Apprentice Selection week in August, where we bring all of the shortlisted apprentice hopefuls together to learn all of the Health and Safety knowledge you need before venturing out on site. We take the Apprentice hopefuls over to a chosen community project to put them to the test, under the watchful eye of a dedicated project team and our training team. Making a positive contribution and helping to improve people’s lives is such an important part of the Novus way, so this is a great start for a Novus apprentices’ career. We want people who believe in the Novus Way. (Read more about the Novus Way here) If you would like to become an apprentice with Novus keep an eye out for our apprentice recruitment campaign launching next month.
Novus apprentices make homeless shelter feel like home

NOVUS APPRENTICES MAKE HOMELESS SHELTER FEEL LIKE HOME

  16 AUGUST, 2017
A group of enthusiastic new apprentices have helped us revitalise a homeless shelter in Stoke-on-Trent as part of our annual Apprentice Week. The Macari Centre, which is just five minutes away from our head office, was founded by football legend Lou Macari last year as a place of safety for those forced to sleep on the streets. As well as food and a bed for the night, the centre’s dedicated team works closely with local agencies to provide support and help the centre users to change their lives for the better. The Macari Centre provided the perfect place to host this year’s Apprentice Challenge, which forms a key part of our annual apprenticeship recruitment process. During the day-long challenge, a team of 26 apprentice hopefuls were joined by Novus volunteers to refresh the centre’s tired interior. The apprentices repainted two of the centre’s dorm rooms, a corridor and communal room as well as tidying up the exterior including the walkway which leads up to the centre. They also carried out minor repairs and constructed a new purpose-built smoking shelter.   The 26 young apprentices were selected out of more than 1,500 applicants from our successful UK-wide recruitment campaign earlier this year. With 53 applications for every single position available, competition for a place was fierce. The best candidates were invited to our head office to take part in the Apprentice Week of training and special activities which culminated with the Apprentice Challenge at the Macari Centre. Our senior management team and directors kept a close eye on the latest cohort of apprentices throughout the day and the successful candidates will begin working with us at locations across the country as early as September. Neil Washington, director from Novus Property Solutions commented: “The Apprentice Challenge is an invaluable part of our apprentice recruitment process. It not only gives the apprentices a taste for our day-to-day work and a chance to learn some vital practical skills, we can also see how well they work together as a team and how they embrace our values. “By getting involved in a project which is designed to help give something back to the local community, we hope our apprentices will be able to appreciate how important work like this is to us. “As a company, we are committed to nurturing talent and providing staff with opportunities to grow and develop in order to reach their full potential. This has been an exceptional year for applications and I wish all our new apprentices every success for their future careers with Novus.” For more information about building your career with Novus please visit our recruitment site.
Novus named on Government housing framework

NOVUS NAMED ON GOVERNMENT HOUSING FRAMEWORK

  26 JULY, 2017
We’re proud to announce that our Build Team has secured a place on the Homes and Communities Agency Delivery Partner Panel 3 Framework. We have been selected in two lots, Midlands and North West, and it is testament to the quality of our work that we were ranked above several leading housing developers. The Delivery Partner Panel is used by the Homes and Communities Agency and by a wide range of other public sector bodies to speed up the procurement of homes. The Panel has been in operation for 6 years and has enabled procurement of 45,000 homes on 250 sites.  The new four-year framework is worth £2.6 billion in the Midlands and £1.1 billion in the North West and will be used to procure housing-led development, including all activities necessary to construct housing and associated infrastructure, marketing and sales activity. For more information contact us on 01782 237249
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