Our apprentice scoops leading industry award

  28 MARCH, 2017
Our apprentice scoops leading industry award

One of our apprentices has been named Apprentice of the Year by judges at the prestigious Construction News Specialists Awards.

Daniel Holdcroft, who has been an apprentice painter and decorator with us and a student at Stoke-on-Trent College since 2013, impressed the judges with his professionalism and enthusiasm as well as his “unmistakable passion” for both his job and for us as a company.

As part of the process Daniel, along with six other apprentices from across the construction industry, attended an in-depth face-to-face interview with a panel of judges in London.

The judges remarked: “Daniel is a true ambassador for the industry and is hungry for progress. He has demonstrated his continuous improvement and value to the industry, plus a real drive for success”

We were also praised for our robust apprenticeship programme and the level of support provided to our apprentices. Last year we named Daniel our Apprentice of the Year, making him our ambassador for apprentices for the whole year, something which saw him attend skills talks and events to encourage the next generation of apprentices to take their first steps in the industry.

Stuart Seddon, our chairman commented: “Daniel is a credit to us and we’re all incredibly proud of everything he’s achieved in such a short time. He’s embraced all our core values and as well as being an exceptionally hard worker, he’s also taken advantage of all the opportunities we’ve provided, making the most of every single one.

“I’m incredibly proud of our apprentice programme at Novus. It’s always been important to us as a company and apprentices continue to play a vital role in our business. We’re in the middle of this year’s major apprenticeship recruitment drive and I’m sure Daniel’s incredible success story will inspire many more new apprentices to follow in his footsteps this year.”

SEARCH
RECENT NEWS
£20,000 community centre refurbishment completed in Livingston

£20,000 COMMUNITY CENTRE REFURBISHMENT COMPLETED IN LIVINGSTON

A newly-refurbished community hub in Livingston has reopened following the end of a £20,000 charity competition held by contractor Novus.   Refurbishment and Redecoration Works Works at the Riverside Community Wing, which is predominantly used by the West Lothian Youth Action Project, include replacing the kitchen, refurbishing its foyer and IT suite and a complete redecoration. It will offer training workshops, summer activities and music projects in the building, as well as mentoring to vulnerable youngsters and distributing surplus food to people in the community. The project has been completed in just two weeks by Novus’ workforce in Scotland in partnership with its suppliers, which include Howdens, Travis Perkins, Dulux and West Cross Carpets.   Novus Big Five Initiative The West Lothian Youth Action Project provides support and advice to young people aged between 10 and 21. It was chosen as part of Novus’ ‘Big Five’ initiative to mark its fifth birthday, where the firm has spent £20,000 each on individual projects across the UK.   Client Feedback Barbara Boertien, Community Engagement Officer at Almond Housing Assocation, who nominated the wing for the refurbishment, said: “The Riverside Community Wing has served Livingston for 50 years but needed a repair to help it continue to benefit the community in the future. “We’re really pleased with the finished project and grateful to everyone at Novus for their hard work.”   Charlie Cooley, strategic operations manager at Novus in Scotland, said: “The West Lothian Youth Action Project is a fantastic initiative that helps young people realise their full potential. It’s been a pleasure to transform the building into a place that will be used by the community for years to come.” Novus worked alongside its suppliers McMaster’s Electrical, West Cross Carpets, GPE Environmental, Dulux, Howdens, Travis Perkins, Howard Jessop Blinds, Aramark Defence Services and Parker Signs to deliver the project.