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Award for Novus and Thistley Hough Academy

The property company and the school received the Education Partnership award

Posted by Alex Diggins | July 31, 2018 | Events

Thistley Hough Academy and Novus Property Solutions have won the national Education Partnership accolade at the Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards 2018.

The organisations were recognised in the Small Business category for their five-year partnership to enhance employability in the region. The work is part of Novus’ Business Class initiative, which sees the firm partner with local schools across the country to give pupils skills to help make them ready for the working world.

The award was presented to Novus and Thistley Hough Academy at a ceremony, organised by The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, on Wednesday, 3rd July at the Royal Albert Hall, London.  Winners of the other categories on the evening included Barclays, engineer Arup, Aviva and Nestle.

Thistley Hough Academy Principal Holly Hartley said: “Our school had faced a number of challenges and so, when approached by Novus I was very keen to be involved in the scheme. From the outset our partnership with Novus has had a significant and tangible impact on life at the Academy."

The organisations were recognised in the Small Business category for their five-year partnership to enhance employability in the region

Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network - is a membership organisation of businesses of all sizes that seeks to encourage social, environmental and economic sustainability. Its annual Responsible Business awards programme celebrates the best work done by organisations in supporting social value in their communities.

Kevin Rhone, Head of Social Value and Customer Service at Novus, commented: “Our Business Class initiative is one of many ways we’re reinvesting in the communities where we work. Across the country we have a range of CSR projects and initiatives that are having demonstrable impact on peoples’ lives. Construction is witnessing a huge skills shortage. And that’s not just in terms of trades, we need people will excellent soft skills too and this is something we’ve always been keen to support.”

Across the duration of the initiative, thanks to the support of Novus, the Academy has been graded some ‘Outstanding’ features by Ofsted. Similarly, the partnership has resulted in direct commercial benefits for Novus including new relationships across the local education sector, helping it to win more than £5 million worth of construction work. 

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