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Training for the top: Apprentice of the Year named

TRAINING FOR THE TOP: APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR NAMED

  03 MARCH, 2017
We recently named young painter and decorator James Riley as our Apprentice of the Year. The annual competition saw us select an outstanding young person from our current pool of 41 apprentices nationwide. James, 21, is a third-year apprentice based at our Wrexham office, and will now act as our ambassador for the rest of the year. James joined us as an apprentice in 2013 and currently combines his work with his college studies at Wirrall Metropolitan College. During his four years with us, he has taken advantage of our comprehensive training programmes and will complete his apprenticeship in September 2017. As well as working alongside permanent staff on our refurbishment and construction projects, James has volunteered his time for several community projects. It is testament to James’ reliability and hard work that he was twice chosen to represent the company on its annual humanitarian trip to Slovenia. James said: “It’s an honour to have been named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ by Novus. Having been shortlisted for the award last year and working alongside people like Luke, I know how hard all the Novus apprentices work, so I’m very happy that the judges have selected me as the winner. “The opportunities open to apprentices at Novus are endless, and I hope that once I complete my apprenticeship I can start on my permanent career with the company.” The runners up in the apprentice of the year shortlist were Luke Mulliner, also a third-year painting and decorating apprentice in our Wrexham office, and Reece Jones, a first-year multi-trade apprentice based in Birmingham.  Jackie Budden, our training manager, said: “James has excelled as an apprentice, showing an impressive level of commitment to both his on-site work and his studies.  “This year’s award was hotly contested by three very good candidates, and James’ ability as a painter and decorator and his dedication to the firm’s values set him apart. We will be keeping a close eye on his career as he has a very bright future ahead of him.”
Celebrating Employee Excellence

CELEBRATING EMPLOYEE EXCELLENCE

  20 FEBRUARY, 2017
We have once again celebrated the great and the good of our staff with a sparkling Excellence Awards ceremony.  The event, which has been held for the last three years, is designed to celebrate the outstanding commitment and achievements of our staff, which led to the most successful year to date in our company's history. The ceremony took place at St George’s Park in Staffordshire, with more than 175 staff invited to celebrate fellow employees’ hard work, commitment to CSR projects, and safety excellence. After listening to an inspirational talk by Team Sky’s Fran Millar, attendees were then given the opportunity to vote for winners of some of the awards themselves. Five employees were recognised for their long service to the company - four for 20 years and one for an impressive 40 years. The latter award went to Desmond Blackburn, who has worked with us since 1976 where he began as a painter and decorator. Three outstanding projects, meanwhile, were shortlisted in the Best Changing Lives Initiative category. These were for clients Whitbread, Places for People, and Wrexham County Borough Council, with Whitbread emerging as the winner. The coveted Apprentice of the Year award went to painter and decorator James Riley from Wrexham, while six employees were recognised for their commitment to the Novus values, which are guiding principles for the way our employees should behave. The winner was Michelle Long for the Novus value ‘Work Together’. The evening also saw our offices recognised for their achievements, with the Birmingham office picking up the Operational Excellence award for its continual commitment to the Novus values. Safety Excellence was a new category championing team effort and was awarded to the York office, for its improvements in the management of health and safety each quarter during 2016. Our chairman Stuart Seddon said: “The Employee Excellence Awards are a great opportunity to reward and celebrate excellence at Novus. Our success over the last 12 months is testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff and it’s fantastic to have the chance to say a big thank you for their valuable contribution and continued commitment.”
National competition hosted at Novus

NATIONAL COMPETITION HOSTED AT NOVUS

  06 JUNE, 2016
We recently hosted a regional heat in the prestigious Johnstone's Trade Young Painter of the Year competition. The contest, which is now in its 12th year, pits competitors aged between 17 and 27 - all working towards an NVQ Level 2 diploma in Painting and Decorating or in Construction - against one another, giving all an opportunity to showcase their unique talents and skills. Contestants are tested across a range of painting and decorating tasks, including the application of stencils, abiding by technical specifications, and making the best use of different Johnstone's Trade paints. "At Novus, we've got a long and proud heritage when it comes to investing in youth. Through apprenticeships and training we take great pride in providing opportunities to the next generation," said our training manager Jackie Budden. "We're proud to host this event and to be involved with the Young Painter of the Year competition." Venues across the UK have been hosting Young Painter of the Year heats as the competition gathers momentum. Contestants are given a brief and then have only a few hours to make it a reality, demonstrating that they can follow instructions to the letter and to a tight deadline without sacrificing quality in their work. All contestants received a goody bag courtesy of specialist paint brush brand Fat Hog, while the runner-up earned a cash prize of £30 and the winner won £100. The winners of the regional heats all proceed to the Young Painter of the Year national final, which will be held as part of the National Painting and Decorating Show at Coventry's Ricoh Arena on November 29th and 30th. The competition's overall winner will receive prizes worth up to £2,000.
Novus continues to have positive impact

NOVUS CONTINUES TO HAVE POSITIVE IMPACT

  25 NOVEMBER, 2014
Our past and current training schemes continue to boost the prospects of many and have a positive impact on people’s lives. Our ongoing apprentice programme gives young people an early advantage in their construction careers, while schemes such as Stars of the Future and our Scholarship Programme give people a further step up the ladder. In the past, we have sponsored several initiatives, including a regeneration scheme which helped ex-offenders to find a new, positive way forward in life. Eight years ago, David Hardy took part in this scheme following a spell in prison during which he learned the basics of painting and decorating. David has continued to develop his skills and experience in the construction sector, having studied plastering at college and taken part in several placements, including with Saltbox Christian Centre. We are delighted that David now regularly works as a sub-contractor for Novus, through his employer Taylor Made Joinery, and he has got to where he is today partly due to the scheme we sponsored. Recently, David has worked on our Steelite International contract, Aspire Housing contract, and is currently working in Stafford to build a house under Passivhaus guidelines. David said: “I’m thankful to those who gave up their time and offered financial support so that I could take part in training and give my life more focus. “Training schemes such as the one I took part in bring positivity to people’s lives and help to lift them out of a rut. I’m proud of the work I’ve completed with Novus and aim to continue working with the company.”
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Hannah O'Brien
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Email: hannah.obrien@novussolutions.co.uk
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