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South East celebrates best in training at National Training Awards 2010

Businesses and individuals in the South East 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 Oxford Town Hall, saw a total of 17 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 South East are:

Award category

Organisation / individual name

Entry title


Award type

Large Employer
(over 250 employees)

Gurit UK

Gurit UK Technicians Learning and Development Programme

Newport, Isle of Wight

Regional Winner

The SCA Group

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


Regional Winner

Hand Picked Hotels Ltd

Engaging Team Members & Guests with the Hand Picked Experience


Regional Winner


How we revolutionised our induction programme to impact guest Satisfaction


UK Winner

De Vere Venues

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


Regional Winner


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


Regional Winner

Wm Morrisons PLC

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


Regional Winner

Medium Employer
(50-249 employees)

Finders Keepers Ltd

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


Regional Winner

Advantage Technical Resourcing

Developing sustainability in sales and business development through skills development


UK Winner

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.


Regional Winner

The Plumbing Academy South East Ltd

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


Regional Winner

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


Regional Winner

Now is the Time

Crest Nicholson plc

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


UK Winner


Kathy Cockcroft

From Secretary to Advanced E-Guide and Personal Development Advisor


Regional Winner

David Rowley

To help towards high quality sustainable buildings and their sites.


Regional Winner

Sue White

I refuse to believe it’s over.

Haywards Heath

Regional Winner

Lynette Baldwin

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


Regional Winner

The three 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 East 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 


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Company literature
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