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West Midlands celebrates best in training at National Training Awards 2010

Businesses and individuals in the West Midlands gathered yesterday at the 2010 National Training Awards to celebrate those who have achieved outstanding organisational and individual success through investment in training, learning and development in the workplace.

The ceremony, held at Birmingham Town Hall, saw a total of 14 Regional Training Awards presented to businesses and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding impact and benefits as a direct result of the training. A further three UK National Training Awards were presented to winners that demonstrated exceptional success and were considered by the judges to be true exemplars of excellence.
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 Award Winners in the West Midlands are:

Award category

Organisation / individual name

Entry title


Award type

Large Employer
(over 250 employees)

Midlands Co-operative Society Ltd

The development of an accredited Level 3 Programme in Food Safety Supervision


Regional Winner

Staffordshire County Council

Achieving improved performance and efficiencies through the Optimising Team Performance course at Staffordshire County Council


Regional Winner

Jaguar Land Rover

Management Development Programme - looking beyond the process to leadership behaviours and techniques


Regional Winner

Smiths News plc

Apprentice scheme to promote warehouse operatives to supervisory positions at magazine and newspaper distribution warehouses


Regional Winner

Signet Trading Limited

Coach Approach Programme for H. Samuel Store Management


UK Winner

Medium Employer
(50-249 employees)

Crown Packaging UK PLC

Managing Business Reduction Positively and Creatively


UK Winner

Paddock Fabrications Limited

Paddock Management Skills Training Programme


Regional Winner

Partnership and Collaboration

  • University of Birmingham
  • Epic

Skills4Uni study skills e-learning programme


Regional Winner

  • Acua Limited
  • The AA


Bridging the gap between HE and industry to improve leadership and management at The AA


Regional Winner

  • Renaissance West Midlands
  • Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • The Herbert Coventry
  • The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Leading Change – an active response to an identified leadership development gap in six of the most important museum services


Regional Winner

  • Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Fire Service College

Bespoke Incident Command Training


Regional Winner

Now is the Time

Midlands Co-operative Society Ltd

X-Factor Sales Development Programme


Regional Winner


Darren Brough

My Journey from a Building Site Labourer to Health Safety and Operations Manager


UK Winner

Annette Johnson

When life knocks you down; the only alternative is to upskill!


Regional Winner

The four UK Winners will now be invited to the National Training Awards UK Ceremony where they will find out if they have won the overall Winner of the Year Award for their category.  They will be up against other UK Winners from across the UK.

The National Training Awards UK Ceremony is being held at Old Billingsgate in London on Wednesday 1st December. 

Simon Bartley, Chief Executive of UK Skills which manages the National Training Awards, said:  “Congratulations to all of this year’s winners in the West Midlands on their achievements. Each and every one of this year’s National Training Awards winners demonstrated that it is training of the highest quality that helps grow individuals, careers and develop sustainable businesses. All of those who won an Award should be very proud of what they achieved.”  

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 


Social Media
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Company literature
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