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North East shines in National Training Awards 2010 14 entrants from region make final shortlist

The National Training Awards today announced the organisations and individuals in the North East who have successfully reached the finals of this year’s Awards.  A total of 14 finalists from the region have been shortlisted in recognition of their outstanding contribution and commitment to training, learning and development in the workplace.

The region’s winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony, which takes place at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, on Tuesday 21 September.

Run on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by UK Skills, the National Training Awards inspires and encourages UK industry to invest in training and development as a route to achieving outstanding organisational and individual success. Winning an Award is a recognition of best practice and provides a benchmark for standards of excellence in training in the UK. City & Guilds is the premier sponsor of the 2010 National Training Awards.

The finalists in the North East are: 

Award category

Organisation / individual name

Entry title



Large Employer
(over 250 employees)


Rising & Emerging Stars – developing our future managers


County Durham

Eaga PLC

The Eaga Service Excellence Experience


Tyne And Wear

Sembcorp Utilities (UK) Ltd (Protection Group)

Sembcorp Protection Group Staff Competency Training Achievements Set New Industry Standard



Medium Employer
(50-249 employees)

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Developing problem-solving skills using 8-Step Practical Process Improvement (PPI) Methodology to improve overall business performance



Small Employer
(up to 49 employees)


Meeting the challenges of the digital communications age



Providing Education and Training

Northumbria University

The Student Law Office - Training future lawyers through real life experience


Tyne And Wear

ETEC Developement Trust

Community Decorators - making a difference to the local community & young people’s lives


Tyne And Wear

Newcastle Sports Injury Clinic

Innovative training delivers safer work environment saves money and minimises physical stress in the workplace.


Tyne And Wear

Gateshead College

Bespoke training to meet large scale recruitment at Nissan in Sunderland


Tyne And Wear

Partnership and Collaboration

Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service

Working in partnership to engage with young people to change attitude and behaviour


Tyne And Wear

Northumbria Police

Guardian: Multi agency training and awareness in CBRN incident response in North East England


Tyne And Wear


Anur Guhan

From self training to establishing a national gold standard Chest Ultrasound Course for Chest Physicians



Stephen Race

Wagon Driver promoted to Safety Manager shows how great determination can achieve success


County Durham

Don Head

From a background of no qualifications to working to ensure no one is unqualified

N. Morpeth


Simon Bartley, Chief Executive of UK Skills which manages the National Training Awards, said:  “I would like to offer congratulations to all entrants who have made the shortlist as a regional finalist for the National Training Awards 2010. Being selected as a regional finalist of the Awards is a fantastic achievement and one that all of those shortlisted should be really proud of.
“Now more than ever it is essential for organisations to continue to invest in the development of their staff. The UK’s future, after all, can only be strengthened and sustained by people who have the skills needed to meet the demands of today’s globalised economy.”

Notes to editors
For further information please contact:

  • Matthew Sutherland, Fresh Communication

Email: Sutherland.Matt@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: 01872 262 977

  • Tom York, UK Skills

Email: tom.york@ukskills.org.uk
Tel: 0207 429 2828

National Training Awards, brought to you by UK Skills

  1. The National Training Awards recognise those individuals and organisations throughout the UK that have achieved outstanding business and personal success through investment in training.  Winning an Award is recognition of best practice and provides a benchmark for standards of excellence in training in the UK.
  2. Run on an annual basis on behalf of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills by UK Skills, the Awards are also supported by Skills Development Scotland, The Welsh Assembly Government and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland.    
  3. Established in 1987, the National Training Awards are free to enter and are unique because the seven Award categories encompass all sectors, sizes of organisations, training providers and individuals.  The Award categories also recognise all types of training from formal qualifications programmes to informal learning and coaching. 
  4. The National Training Awards aim to develop entrants throughout the Awards process, from the advice and self-assessment guidance given at the outset to the constructive feedback given to each entrant after judging.  Finalists and Winners of the Awards are honoured through a series of regional networking events and a national ceremony.  

For more information please visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com 


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