Bathgate students’ national apprenticeship scheme success

Two young trainees from Bathgate have beaten off competition from over 200 applicants to claim a place on property maintenance firm Novus Property Solutions’ coveted national apprenticeship scheme.

Martin Naysmith and Jamie Paterson will soon be starting their work-based painting and decorating apprentice placements with Novus, based on Whitehill Industrial Estate in Bathgate, where they will learn their trade along with 17 other eager young apprentices at sites across the country.

As part of the application process, shortlisted candidates were invited to take part in Novus’ apprentice selection week including a challenging community makeover day in Stoke-on-Trent, close to the company’s head office. The aspiring apprentices worked to transform a plot of waste land as they removed graffiti, installed planters, removed rubbish and overgrown plants on a busy walkway and repainted a bridge joining both sides of the Trent and Mersey canal.

Neil Hand, current joint managing director at Novus, appreciates more than most how vital apprenticeship schemes can be, as he joined the firm as a painting and decorating apprentice himself at the age of 16.

Neil commented: “The quality of applicants this year has been higher than ever before and I’m sure the successful apprentices will have a great career ahead of them. When I joined the company over 30 years ago, I never thought I would become the joint MD, but it’s testament to the support network provided by the company that I was able to do so.”

Novus Property Solutions, which now employs over 1,000 people from 30 offices across the UK, has a long history of supporting apprentices, having run the current scheme for over 75 years. Novus offers apprenticeships in trades including bricklaying, plumbing, plastering, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating and maintenance.

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Notes to Editors

Novus Property Solutions is a dynamic property maintenance specialist providing bespoke solutions to its clients, employing over 1,000 people and operating from more than 30 offices across the UK.

Novus, following parent company reorganisation, is the new name for a progressive independent business with a rich 115-year history as part of the Seddon Group.

Led by Stuart Seddon, the company will continue to build on its heritage whilst offering clients a wider range of specialist property maintenance services delivered with the values and integrity long associated with the business.

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