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South West 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 South West 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 in Bristol at science centre At-Bristol on Tuesday 19 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 West are: 

Award category

Organisation / individual name

Entry title



Large Employer
(over 250 employees)

The British Army

Maximising soldier potential through apprenticeships




Technical Operator Programme - Enhancing Skills and Performance



The Donkey Sanctuary

Innovative modular training: providing improved donkey welfare whilst increasing staff motivation and progression.



Medium Employer
(50-249 employees)

Fasthosts Internet Ltd

Designing and delivering new sales programme as a result of new strategic initiatives



Small Employer
(up to 49 employees)

Gwellheans Limited

Gwellheans - aiming to be an Emotionally Intelligent substance misuse service provider.



Providing Education and Training

Bournemouth University - Centre for PQSW

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – An effective training response to meet urgent employer and public needs



Tourism Skills Network South West

Aspiring Managers Development Programme delivered through Tourism Skills Network South West



Partnership and Collaboration

  • The Next Step Team
  • Wincanton Plc

The Next Step Team Limited / Wincanton plc Leadership Challenge



  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • Nelson Training Limited

Don’t Make a Drama Out of a Complaint- Improving lives through professional complaint handling



  • Cornwall Marine Network Ltd
  • Falmouth School of Sailing

The employer-owned Cornwall Marine Academy enables young people to gain careers in the marine sector



  • Weston College
  • Somax Ltd

The Weston/Somax Cameo of Excellence in Logistics Training



  • ISG Pearce Ltd
  • Sidona Ltd


Building contractor ISG Pearce puts the wow factor into its customer experience.



  • Flybe Ltd
  • Rock the Boat Consulting
  • Steps Drama Learning Development

Flybe Leader Programme “Developing  leaders to support organisational growth by increasing their competence and confidence”



Now is the Time

TLH Leisure Resort

Developing Customer Service Stars in the Hospitality Industry



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


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