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The role of training in the workplace debated at the House of Commons

National Training Awards highlights businesses investing in their staff

At a reception hosted by the National Training Awards at the House of Commons today (Tuesday 26th January), representatives from Labour, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats discussed the role training should be playing in helping to drive forward the UK's economy. 

Skills Minister Kevin Brennan, John Hayes MP, Shadow Minister for Lifelong Learning and Further and Higher Education, Baroness Sharp of Guildford, a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and Chris Humphries CBE, Chairman of UK Skills all spoke at the event designed to raise awareness of the importance of training in the current climate.  Each speaker highlighted the positive impact on a business' bottom line that investing in training can have.  Recent research conducted by the National Training Awards has shown that organisations committed to developing their workforce can motivate staff and differentiate themselves from their competitors resulting in increased business opportunity.

The event was hosted by Gordon Marsden MP.  

Skills Minister Kevin Brennan said: "In these tougher times it's more important than ever that we continue to support and invest in the skills of our workforce, helping individuals get into and stay on at work as well as helping businesses stay competitive and prepare for the upturn."

Simon Bartley, CEO, UK Skills said:  "From speaking with past National Training Award winners we have established that more than half have enjoyed increased awareness amongst their customer base, with a further third stating they have gained additional business following winning an award. 

"Entering the Awards provides a real opportunity to benchmark your training against the rest of the UK, so step up now and be recognised for your hard work."    

The closing date for this year's Awards is Friday 23rd April 2010.           

For more information or to enter the Awards please visit: www.nationaltrainingawards.com.

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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 on 23rd April.
  • The National Training Awards includes the following categories:  Large Employer (250 +), Medium Employer (50-249), Small Employer (49 and under), Providing Training and Education, Partnership and Collaboration and Individual.
  • In addition, 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         

 

Social Media
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Company literature
Announcing you have won a National Training Award can add real kudos to your company - remember to include your achievement on email signatures, business cards and company literature.