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Daniel Holdcroft, Novus Property Solutions Apprentice of the Year 2016A young painter from Stoke-on-Trent is preparing to follow his father into the decorating business after being named Apprentice of the Year by national business Novus Property Solutions.

Daniel Holdcroft, 18, has been working for the property maintenance firm’s Burton office for two years, since his father – a painter at Novus’ Stoke-on-Trent office – suggested he applied for an apprenticeship.

He was one of 19 hopefuls who came through a series of tests and interviews to be selected for an apprenticeship at the firm last year, and he has since excelled in the role.

As well as showing outstanding commitment to Novus’ community and charity projects, Daniel has been selected to represent the business at decorating events across Europe.

Daniel, who currently combines his apprenticeship with his college studies, will continue as a Novus apprentice until summer 2017, when he is hoping to become a permanent member of staff at the Burton office.

He said: “I knew I wanted to be a painter ever since I joined my dad on a number of painting jobs when I was younger.

“Being an apprentice at Novus has been a great experience, particularly competing in competitions and getting opportunities to travel and to see how decorators work in other countries.

“I’d encourage all other apprentices to push themselves and grab opportunities that come along – you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.”

Jackie Budden, training manager at Novus, said: “Dan was selected to be Apprentice of the Year because of the hard work he puts into his college work, the commitment he displays on site, and the number of competitions he has entered.

“Everyone at the Burton office has been hugely impressed by the passion and the talent he has for painting and decorating.”

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