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2009 UK Gala Winners

National Training Awards celebrates success stories from around the UK

Leading figures from the world of industry, public sector and government gathered last night to celebrate training success stories up and down the country at the 23rd annual National Training Awards.

 At a glittering ceremony in London hosted by Five newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, it was announced that the following companies and individuals had been awarded the coveted National Training Award ‘Winner of the Year’ in their chosen category:

  • Pendennis Shipyard, Large Employer Award
  • Nu-Heat Ltd, Medium Employer Award
  • PS Transport, Small Employer category Award
  • Luminar Leisure, in partnership with Aspire Loughborough College, Partnership and Collaboration Award
  • Wheelbase, Training Provider category Award
  • Mary White, Individual Award

All of the above had previously been named as ‘UK National Training Award’ winners at regional ceremonies held earlier in the year:

In addition, Wickes was named as winner in the ‘Now is the Time’ category. This award was introduced by Ministers from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to honour those companies whose training programmes have made a positive impact on staff and business processes in the recession.

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: “Our future growth will be led by educated, enterprising and talented people with the right skills. So it’s more important than ever that we continue to support and invest in the training of our workforce.

"I'm pleased to congratulate the winners of this year's National Training Awards for helping people develop their skills and driving business success. They should be very proud of their achievements."

Organised on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by UK Skills, the National Training Awards celebrate those who have achieved really outstanding business and personal success through investment in training.

The premier sponsor of the National Training Awards is City & Guilds.

TTF sponsor the Small Employer Category.

Victoria Corlett from Bolton Lads & Girls Club Mentoring Project was also awarded the Linda Ammon Award. This accolade is presented to an individual who has shown great dedication in providing opportunities for others as they seek to develop their careers and make their contribution to society. The award commemorates Linda Ammon CBE, Chief Executive of UK Skills between 2001 and 2004, who sadly died from cancer in 2004.

Simon Bartley, CEO, UK Skills, which manages the National Training Awards said: “Now more than ever it is essential for organisations to continue to invest in the development of their staff if they are to remain competitive in the future. I would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s National Training Awards.”

News presenter Natasha Kaplinsky added: “Each and every one of the winners have proven that in today’s current climate, high quality training is an integral part of both personal and business development. It has been great to see such a wide range of entries to this year’s awards and a privilege to meet so many of the entrants.”

For more information on the National Training Awards please visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com.


Notes to Editors
For interviews, Case Studies or more information please contact:

Matthew Sutherland, Fresh PR – Sutherland.Matt@yahoo.co.uk 01872 262 977
Kate Moloughney, UK Skills kate.moloughney@ukskills.org.uk 0207 429 2827 / 07732567314.

About The National Training Awards

  • The National Training Awards (NTA) identify and celebrate organisations and individuals that have achieved really outstanding business and personal success through investment in training.
  • Run on annual basis, The National Training Awards are free to enter and open in January. Entries close in April.
  • The National Training Awards includes the following categories: Large Employer (250 +), Medium Employer (50-249), Small Employer (49 and under), Training Provider, Partnership and Collaboration and Individual.
  • The ‘Now is the Time’ category was launched in 2009 to encourage employers who have invested in training during the recession, to share their experiences and get public recognition to their commitment to training and re-skilling.
  • The National Training Awards are organised on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by UK Skills. The National Training Awards support the training delivered by organisations working on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • The National Training Awards support the Skills Pledge.
  • For more information visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com

 About City & Guilds

  • City & Guilds is the UK’s leading provider of work-related qualifications. City & Guilds works closely with industry and employers and offers over 500 qualifications in 28 different industry areas, through colleges, training providers and employers.

About TTF

TTF is a small charitable trust which seeks to support the pursuit of skills excellence.   TTF believe that skills matter and are crucially important to the success of individuals and businesses alike and more than ever skills are central to the economic well being of the UK.

Our mission is to support young people and adults to achieve high levels of practical and vocational skills and help companies who invest in developing the skills of their workforce.



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