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South West celebrates best in training at National Training Awards 2010

Businesses and individuals in the South West 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 in Bristol at science centre At-Bristol, saw a total of 11 Regional Training Awards presented to businesses and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding impact and benefits as a direct result of the training. A further four 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 South West are:

Award category

Organisation / individual name

Entry title


Award type

Large Employer
(over 250 employees)

The British Army

Maximising soldier potential through apprenticeships

Pewsey, Wiltshire

UK Winner


Technical Operator Programme - Enhancing Skills and Performance

Callington, Cornwall

Regional Winner

The Donkey Sanctuary

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

Sidmouth, Devon

Regional Winner

Small Employer
(up to 49 employees)

Gwellheans Limited

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

Redruth, Cornwall

Regional Winner

Providing Education and Training

Bournemouth University - Centre for PQSW

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

Bournemouth, Dorset

UK Winner

Partnership and Collaboration

  • The Next Step Team
  • Wincanton Plc

The Next Step Team Limited / Wincanton plc Leadership Challenge

Southampton, Hampshire

Regional Winner

  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • Nelson Training Limited

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

Bristol, Avon

UK Winner

  • Weston College
  • Somax Ltd

The Weston/Somax Cameo of Excellence in Logistics Training

Weston-Super-Mare, Avon

Regional Winner

  • ISG Pearce Ltd
  • Sidona Ltd


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

Bristol, Avon

Regional Winner

  • 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”

Exeter, Devon

Regional Winner

Now is the Time

TLH Leisure Resort

Developing Customer Service Stars in the Hospitality Industry

Torquay, Devon

UK 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 South West 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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