Novus continues to have positive impact

  25 NOVEMBER, 2014
Novus continues to have positive impact

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.”

SEARCH
RECENT NEWS
sign for horton lodge school

NOVUS AND DULUX DONATE MATERIALS TO A LOCAL SPECIAL SCHOOL

Novus were already working on a building refurbishment contract at Horton Lodge Special School in Rudyard, where 3 respite overnight bedrooms were in need of redecoration. Novus and supply partner Dulux were happy to donate materials to the cause.  Horton Lodge Community Special School Situated in the picturesque lakeside village of Rudyard in Staffordshire, lies Horton Lodge School. As a special school, it aims to "provide high-quality teaching and learning where children are challenged and every individual is valued." The school caters for children aged from 2 to 11 years with physical disabilities, with many of the pupils experiencing additional learning difficulties, complex communication needs, and visual and / or hearing impairments. As the Stoke Sentinel reported in September, Horton Lodge was one of five Staffordshire schools that stood to lose funding for children’s overnight stays from this term before the funding cuts were ultimately put on hold. The refurbishment contract Horton Lodge has a residential provision known as "Kiplings" so named due to its proximity to Lake Rudyard. Kiplings is designed and managed to provide a homely environment for the school's children and young people.  The provision is designed to help build independent living skills as children learn to feed and bathe themselves, read to each other, and take part in creative activities. As part of the works, 3 bedrooms within Kiplings were in desperate need of refurbishment and redecoration, as the windows tended to leak into the rooms causing damp damage to the flooring and skirting. Novus were awarded the contract to carry out the refurbishments on the school, these works included: Refitting windows and doors to bedrooms Replacing the carpets Roof repairs Boiler replacement Shower refurbishments When complete, the refurbishments were described as a "real boost" to the school by the Headteacher. Donation of materials At the time, Horton Lodge were asking for donations of paint and curtains to redecorate their bedrooms in time for the return of the children after the summer break. Novus sourced the curtains and window tracks from a local Staffordshire supplier and donated them for use in the bedrooms. Supply partners Dulux also kindly donated the paint required to redecorate the bedrooms, which equated to over 65 litres free of charge. The school caretaker then decorated the bedrooms himself. Chris Lear, Senior Quantity Surveyor at Novus Property Solutions said: "It was our pleasure to donate these materials to Horton Lodge, the work they do with young people here is inspirational and we hope the children enjoy their new bedrooms."

INFORMATION ABOUT HOW WE USE COOKIES

We use cookies to make our site work. A cookie is a small file that we put on your device. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and allows us to improve our site.
OUR COOKIES
Necessary Cookies
Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.
Analytical Cookies
Analytical Cookies help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information about how visitors use our site. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by ensuring that users are easily finding what they are looking.
Read more about the individual cookies we use, their duration and how to recognise them in our Cookie Policy.