Three of the country’s most promising young tradespeople have been shortlisted to win the Novus Property Solutions Apprentice of the Year award.


The award-winning maintenance, refurbishment and new build contractor has a long history of developing successful painters, decorators, builders and managers, and three of its current crop of apprentices have been singled out as being bound for great things.


Two of the shortlisted candidates, James Riley and Luke Mulliner, are third year painting and decorating apprentices based at Novus’ Wrexham office, and they will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the 2016 Apprentice of the Year, Daniel Holdcroft, who is also a painter and decorator.


James and Luke are joined on the 2017 shortlist by Reece Jones, a third year multi-trade apprentice from Birmingham. Reece was chosen, along with James, to represent Novus Property Solutions on humanitarian trips to Slovenia in 2014 and 2015, and all three Apprentice of the Year candidates have taken advantage of the many unique opportunities that being a Novus apprentice opens up.


Novus has taken on a record number of new apprentices this year, but James, Luke and Reece have impressed the company’s judging panel with the level of commitment and dedication shown to their chosen professions since being taken on as apprentices.


James Riley said: “It is an honour to have been shortlisted for this award at a company where there are so many talented apprentices.


“As apprentices, we can see the clear career progression available to us at Novus, because so many of the company’s managers and directors started out in the same position we’re in now.


“We know that hard work and dedication to every single part of our jobs can lead to something great in the future. That’s what being an apprentice is all about.”


The winner of the 2017 Apprentice of the Year award, who will be announced at the Novus Excellence Awards in February, will become an ambassador for Novus during 2017.


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