SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

OVERVIEW

Novus Holdings is committed to continuously invest in beneficiaries that positively contribute to transforming communities through relevant skills development programmes and initiatives.

Novus Academy – Ongoing

The Novus Academy has been instrumental in unlocking the potential of Novus Holdings’ employees as well as industry professionals from across the globe since 2011. With its sophisticated infrastructure that includes world-class software and technology, the Novus Academy works closely with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, NAMB (The National Artisan Moderation Body), SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) and Printing SA. It is endorsed by the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&M SETA). Through its Apprenticeship programmes, the Academy offers successful applicants an opportunity to earn an income whilst working towards an internationally certified trade qualification.
In 2017, Novus Academy won the prestigious Gold award in the Best Artisan Development Programme (small to medium size enterprise) category at the National Skills Development Awards.

The Big Issue – Ongoing

The Big Issue is a registered non-profit social enterprise that provides employment to marginalised adults through its developmental job creation programme whereby these adults become vendors for the Big Issue magazine, receiving a percentage of the sale price of each copy.
Novus Holdings and the Big Issue have a strategic relationship spanning over 18 years, whereby our flagship printing plant, Paarl Media Cape, covers the printing and binding costs of the Big Issue magazine on a monthly basis. This monthly support allows the publication to grow in content provision and number of supported vendors.

National Teaching Awards – Ongoing

Launched in 2000, the National Teaching Awards acknowledges the extraordinary efforts made by teachers often achieved under extremely difficult conditions and in service to children from underprivileged families and economically depressed communities. The awards aim to focus on the positive aspects of education and raise awareness of the importance the teaching profession has on nation-building. In recognising that teachers are the key component in moulding, guiding and developing our children into becoming successful and productive members of our society, we have been sponsoring the National Teaching Awards since 2013, investing an amount of more than R2 million to date.

National Recycling Day: Oasis Recycling – 2017

For more than two decades now, the Oasis Association has created sustainable employment for intellectually disabled men, women and children, who are ordinarily side-lined and excluded from mainstream society, through its recycling project called Oasis Recycling. Oasis Recycling processes over 160 tons of recyclable waste a month and is a significant contributor towards recycling in the Cape Metropole. It provides professional recycling solutions to hundreds of companies and offers a drop-off centre for domestic recycling services. In honour of National Recycling Day celebrated on 16 September 2017, we donated R15 000 to Oasis Recycling.

Lebone Village – 2017

This faith-based, non-profit organisation, situated just outside Bloemfontein in the Free State, is dedicated to bringing hope, dignity and support by providing holistic care to all vulnerable children, youth, their families and people affected by poverty. In November 2017, we donated toilet paper products to the value of over R23 000 to Lebone Village.

The Principals Academy – 2016

The Principals Academy Trust, a Section 18(a) Trust, seeks to turn public schools serving socio-economically disadvantaged communities into ‘Centres of Excellence’ for education by focusing on improving school leadership and teaching. Understanding that teachers are vital in driving and advancing education, especially maths in South Africa, we donated R100 000 to the Principals Academy Trust to help fund the running of the Academy’s Subject Intervention workshops.

Wildlands Conservation Trust – 2016

As a conservation and employment initiative, Wildlands Conservation Trust aims to empower its beneficiaries by educating them to conserve their natural environment and heritage and to feed, clothe, educate and house themselves by growing and trading trees and collecting waste. Operating seven programmes across 12 communities in six provinces, the Trust promotes well-being and sustainability.
Our donation of R100 000 went a long way to assist in furthering the education in these communities.