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Novus apprentices dig for victory
A group of our apprentices have helped to improve a community allotment in Stoke-on-Trent as part of our Apprentice of the Year contest.
 
Members of the group were given a helping hand by Stoke City FC footballer, Victor Moses, who visited the site to offer his support to the apprentices and cheer them on.
 
The seven apprentices have all been shortlisted for our annual award and took part in a day of challenges at the Root ‘n Fruit allotment, at Trubshawe Cross near Burslem, under the supervision of senior site managers and the firm’s training team.
 
During the day, each apprentice was assessed on their work ethic and how well they interacted with others on site, while interviews were also carried out with company directors.
 
In December, one of the young workers will be crowned the Apprentice of the Year, taking away a cash prize and the chance to make a donation to a charity of their choice. The winner will also become an ambassador for Novus, representing the company at events.

Stuart Seddon, our chairman, said: "The final seven apprentices were at the allotments to help prepare them for the future and the work they have done is fantastic.

“It has been a great project to carry out with our partners and it has brought this team of young people together from all over the country. Apprentices are the lifeblood of our business.

“I myself was a teenage apprentice back in 1978 and all but one of our current board began the same way. It proves we utilise the talent within our company to protect the future of it."

The Root ‘n’ Fruit allotment, where the apprentices worked, has been established in a joint-venture between Steelite International and The Prince’s Charities. The allotment is opposite Steelite International’s new factory space, which we recently finished building.
 
The local community in and around Burslem is using the allotment plot to grow fruit and vegetables, which are then donated, free-of-charge, to members of the community who benefit from receiving it.
 
Alan Christian, place co-ordinator for The Prince’s Charities, said: “The Root ‘n Fruit allotment project was the idea of Steelite’s managing director, Kevin Oakes. Our shared vision was to set up a community allotment where fruit and vegetables could be grown by volunteers and then donated to people in the community.

“The project has been an immediate success and, as well as growing and donating produce, we have taught school children at the site, and have also started collecting and re-distributing surplus produce from the allotments across the city. This community project is a great example of local businesses, the charitable sector and the local community working together to help improve the lives of many local people.”
 
For more information on Root ‘n Fruit, or to volunteer to help, please visit the Burslem Regeneration Trust Facebook page.
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