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East of England shines in National Training Awards 2010 18 entrants from region make final shortlist

The National Training Awards today announced the organisations and individuals in the East of England who have successfully reached the finals of this year’s Awards.  A total of 18 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 in Cambridge at Chilford Hall on Thursday 7 October.

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 recognition of best practice and provides a benchmark for standards of excellence in training in the UK. City and Guilds is the premier sponsor of the 2010 National Training Awards.

The finalists in the East of England are: 

Award category

Organisation / individual name

Entry title



Large Employer
(over 250 employees)

Belron® UK Limited t/a Autoglass

Improving customer service and financial performance through correct Product Identification




Stay Safe - harming no-one in the course of our business

Hemel Hempstead


Whitbread Group Plc

Creating and Embedding a World Class Sales Culture - Going for Gold



GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) R&D

Postgraduate continuous professional development for chemists to enhance the R&D capabilities within GSK



Aviva UK Life

Raising the standard of professionalism amongst Aviva advisers and independent financial advisers



The Orchid Group

Steps To Excellence deputy development programme

St. Albans


Medium Employer
(50-249 employees)

Rail Tech Group

The training of new recruits into the rail industry



Christies Care

Christies Care – Investing in learning disabilities training to raise standards for live-in carers



Small Employer
(up to 49 employees)

Commercial Utility Brokers (UK) Ltd

Empowering Staff Through Training



Blue Donkey Ltd

Comprehensive competency framework designed to train and improve performance for unscripted intelligent B2B telemarketing



Providing Education and Training

National Aviation Heritage Skills Initiative

Preserving the Past – Committed to the Future



Learning A Living

Synovates Train the Trainer to Train the Trainer



Harlow Womens Aid Ltd

Supported resilience through employability training programme for vulnerable and excluded people



Partnership and Collaboration

  • University of Hertfordshire

Combining a Business Education with Full time Employment in the Defence Industry



  • Ministry Of Defence Guard Service
  • QA Limited

MGS Conciliation Training – A partnership approach to improving employee relationships



  • RBS Insurance
  • JHP Group

Retaining and raising capability of contact centre staff through vocational learning and development



  • Saffron Housing Trust Ltd
  • Wymondham Learning Initiative

Developing Housing Trust staff through partnership working with a local learning charity



  • Careers Research & Advisory Centre
  • University of Edinburgh

Developing the skills of postgraduate researchers in collaboration with UK higher education institutions



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.
  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 celebrate individuals and organisations that have invested in successful training and development programmes on a regional and national level through a series of networking and celebratory events.

For more information please visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com 


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