Novus trainer Rob Urquhart has received a prestigious award from The Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace.
Rob, an Industrial Cleaner Level 2 Trainer for Novus at HMYOI Rochester, described the Delivery of Training to Offenders accolade as the highlight of his career. He was nominated by The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners for his continued work to train and support offenders in cleaning skills workshops, and helping them to gain City and Guilds qualifications.
The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is one of the 112 livery firms in London, and has always championed cleaning standards.
After collecting the award, Rob was personally congratulated by The Princess Royal, who spoke to him about the course and his role at Novus.
He said: “I received a telephone call from City and Guilds, informing me that I had been nominated for a Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners award, for Delivery of Training to Offenders. Naturally I was taken aback and delighted in equal measure.
“After being escorted through the main entrance of the palace through the crowds of tourists and visitors, I was ushered into the South Drawing Room, where the presentation took place.
“I had several minutes with The Princess Royal. She congratulated me and we had a nice discussion. It was the highlight of my long and continuing career in prison education, and I feel truly honoured to have been given this award.”
Rob’s achievement comes just months after Paul Fry, Novus’ Deputy Education Manager at HMYOI Rochester, was presented with an award at a Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners ceremony.
Paul and the team were honoured with the Eric Hill Award for having the highest amount of learners to gain City & Guilds qualifications in cleaning in 2014-15.