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South East shines in National Training Awards 2010 20 entrants from region make final shortlist

The National Training Awards today announced the organisations and individuals in the South East who have successfully reached the finals of this year’s Awards.  A total of 20 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 Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 5 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 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 South East are: 

Award category

Organisation / individual name

Entry title



Large Employer
(over 250 employees)

Gurit UK

Gurit UK Technicians Learning and Development Programme


Isle of Wight

The SCA Group

Social entrepreneurs; how we turned gaps in training provision into services with wider community benefits



Hand Picked Hotels Ltd

Engaging Team Members & Guests with the Hand Picked Experience




How we revolutionised our induction programme to impact guest Satisfaction



De Vere Venues

Academy –  Operational Development Programme Year 1 Heads of Department and Year 2 Supervisors/Team Leaders




Integrated investment in staff engagement and development for improved performance in the rail transport industry



Wm Morrisons PLC

Developing a skilled team to effectively run a new regional distribution warehouse.



Medium Employer
(50-249 employees)

Finders Keepers Ltd

Reducing property management staff turnover the rental industry’s Achilles Heel




Developing Management Skills through Enjoyment & Experiences



Advantage Technical Resourcing

Developing sustainability in sales and business development through skills development



Providing Education and Training

The Loddon School - Training and Consultancy

Developing in-house trainers to deliver a proactive training programme in services supporting individuals who challenge.



The Plumbing Academy South East Ltd

Training the next generation of highly skilled committed plumbers and renewable energy engineers



Partnership and Collaboration

  • Petersfield School
  • Down Syndrome Education International
  • Hampshire County Council

How real inclusion has transformed learning for all stakeholders at The Petersfield School



  • UK Border Agency
  • Stanton Marris
  • The Work Foundation

Team Performance Coaching’ programme delivered in a unique tripartite relationship brings clear business benefits



Now is the Time

Crest Nicholson plc

Re-defining selling and commercial skills in a post-credit-crunch landscape (Construction sector)




Kathy Cockcroft

From Secretary to Advanced E-Guide and Personal Development Advisor



David Rowley

To help towards high quality sustainable buildings and their sites.



Sue White

I refuse to believe it’s over.

Haywards Heath

West Sussex

Lynette Baldwin

From Cleaner Carer Home manager to Beacon Training provider extending training to over 2000 others.


East Sussex

Mel Durrans

From Trainee to Trainer…….


West Sussex

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

About The National Training Awards

  • Established in 1987 The National Training Awards (NTA) identify and celebrate organisations and individuals across the UK and across all sectors that have achieved outstanding business and personal success through investment in training.
  • The National Training Awards are organised on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by UK Skills.
  • Run on annual basis, The National Training Awards are free to enter and open in January.  Entries close in April.
  • The National Training Awards include the following seven categories:  Large Employer (250 +), Medium Employer (50-249), Small Employer (49 and under), Partnership and Collaboration, Providing Education and Training, Individual and the ‘Now is the Time’ category, which 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.
  • For more information visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com

About City & Guilds

  • City & Guilds (www.cityandguilds.com) is the UK's largest vocational education organisation for work-related qualifications.
  • Approximately 1.8 million people are currently working towards a City & Guilds qualification in the UK and Ireland.
  • The City & Guilds Group operates from three major hubs: London (servicing Europe, the Caribbean and Americas), Johannesburg (servicing Africa), and Singapore (servicing Asia, Australia and New Zealand).
  • The City & Guilds Group comprises the Institute of Leadership & Management (management and leadership qualifications), City & Guilds Land Based Services and the Centre for Skills Development (CSD works to improve the policy and practice of vocational education and training worldwide).


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