Novus director joins CITB board to help guide future of industry’s training

  03 JULY, 2020
Sophie Seddon Profile

Sophie Seddon, people and culture director at Novus, has been appointed a board trustee at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in a role that will see her play a part in future-proofing the sector and making it more inclusive.

Shaping future training schemes

She will be using her experience, both within the industry and after more than 10 years at Novus, to help shape and inform future training schemes.

Growing the use of new technology, improving sustainability and encouraging inclusivity within the construction industry.

Novus offers numerous routes to help young people kick-start their careers in construction, from a range of apprenticeship opportunities to its graduate training programme, helping tackle the skills shortage felt across the industry’s talent pool.

To date, the business has trained 70 apprentices. 

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

The CITB is the construction industry’s training board for England, Wales and Scotland.

It provides knowledge, research and insight to help inform training and apprenticeship schemes across the industry.

The CITB also works with business leaders from across a range of different subsectors to help inform and guide its programmes.

Tony Elliott, Group HR Director at Robertson Group, has also joined the board.

Sophie Seddon, people and culture director at Novus, said:

“The CITB plays an invaluable role in the training and development of the construction industry’s talent of tomorrow."

"To join the board and help guide its future direction is an honour and a challenge that I’m looking forward to getting stuck into."

“I’m aware from my own experience that more can be done to help make the industry more inclusive, tech-savvy and sustainable and I’m looking forward to ensuring these themes are prevalent in our future work.”

Peter Lauener, Chair of the CITB Board, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome two extremely talented people to our Board."

"We need a diverse range of talent, in terms of skills, experience and personal background, and I’m sure Sophie will strengthen our decision-making at this critical time."

"With the challenges we face through Covid-19, and with a new CITB Strategic Plan in development, she will play a leading role in ensuring there is a strong skills-based recovery for construction.”

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Every year, the Government publish figures on the promptness of businesses in paying their suppliers. Having submitted numbers for 2019/2020, Novus ranks amongst the quickest to pay supplier invoices in the industry. Average time taken to pay invoices This is the average elapsed time taken for a business in receipt of goods or services to pay the supplier. Published on 29th July 2020, Novus achieved an average payment time of 33 days against all of its invoices; a number that places the building contractor inside the top 3 organisations of all its major competitors (total 11 compared). In addition, this eclipses the “43 day average” for contractors to pay their suppliers Construction News reported in 2019. The article also indicated the average proportion of invoices not paid to the terms originally set out is 28 per cent, compared to 9% this year for Novus. The importance of quick payments As a company, Novus strives to build strong and trustworthy partnerships with their suppliers, maintaining an open dialogue with its supply chain, and of the belief that quick payments are reflective of mutual respect. The importance of quick payments goes almost without saying in the current climate. The backdrop of Covid-19 Late payment of invoices is a problem for most suppliers of goods and services in any industry, and in a challenging economy, the issue is only heightened. Subsequently, it will probably come as no surprise that late payments and bad debts are the main causes of insolvency in construction companies, contributing almost a quarter of all insolvencies. Publicly available information For further information about average payment times, visit the Government website, specifically the “Check when large businesses pay their suppliers” page. From here you can check the average time it takes for a large business to pay its suppliers and the proportion of payments that it doesn’t pay on time. Specific information about Novus can be found here.


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