Novus hopefuls create community allotment

Apprentices hoping to land a job at Novus Property Solutions have created a community allotment at Thistley Hough Academy, as part of the Novus Apprentice Challenge.

The apprentices toiled under the gaze of Dutch international footballer and current Stoke City player Marco Van Ginkel, who lent his support to the initiative, which aims to provide the school with a space for enterprise activities, and a centre for skills development and student engagement.

During the Novus Apprentice Week candidates hoping to land an apprenticeship with the prestigious, 115-year-old company are assessed against various criteria, including work ethic, initiative, and communication skills, whilst working on a project that benefits the community and encapsulates the company’s values.

Novus was named Employer of the Year at the 2015 Construction News Awards, and those who successfully complete the challenge face a final interview with the company’s managing director before finding out whether they have earned an offer of employment from the company.

Thistley Hough Academy in Penkhull was nominated for the project by Novus chairman Stuart Seddon, who is keen to build on the strong links the company, has already forged with the school. The Academy has plans to turn the garden into an enterprise hub, where young people will be able to grow and sell food, and get hands-on experience of managing their own small business.

Stuart Seddon said:

“As a former apprentice myself, I strongly believe in the value of apprentices to the future of our business, and this project is the perfect way to bring together our talented apprentices and get them doing some great work.

“Thistley Hough Academy already gives back a great deal to the local community, and we are delighted to be able to contribute to the work they do, whilst getting the chance to assess our new apprentices at the same time.”