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North West celebrates best in training at National Training Awards 2010

Businesses and individuals in the North 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 at Gorton Monastery, Manchester, saw a total of 25 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 North West are:

Award category

Organisation / individual name

Entry title


Award type

Large Employer
(over 250 employees)

WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc

Morrisons ups its commitment to preserving traditional craft food skills via Bakery & Meat Apprenticeships


UK Winner

BT Retail

Discovery - Driving Sales Performance and Customer Experience in BT Retail



Regional Winner

Merlin Claims

Training Programme to support the new Business Model and Operations


Regional Winner

Plus Dane Housing Group

Ni Leadership Academy – coaching talent for suColin Cowlingess


Regional Winner

Warrington Borough Transport Ltd

Embracing Compulsory Periodic Training – The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence


Regional Winner

Northern Counties Housing Association Ltd

Developing Managers as Leaders in the Housing Sector


Regional Winner

Academy Hospitality Great Britain

AHGB - Revolutionizes the way apprenticeships are delivered creating future stars of hospitality


Regional Winner

SSP UK (Select Service Partner)

An innovative and committed initiative to develop a pipeline of management talent.


Regional Winner

Home Retail Group

Team Leader Development Programme for Customer & Financial Services


Regional Winner

The Co-operative Group

Revitalising the Corporate induction programme for the 21st century – shouldn’t everyone start this way?


Regional Winner

Medium Employer
(50-249 employees)

Barlows Electrical Limited

Improving the driving of goods vehicles amongst electrical plumbing and building maintenance staff.


Regional Winner

D R L Ltd

I dont need training - answering the phone is easy... isnt it?


Regional Winner

Small Employer
(up to 49 employees)


To generate high integrity training required for future new build plant and equipment


UK Winner

Upperby Community Development Centre

Upperby CDC -  Ten years of innovative development in the local community


Regional Winner

IAS b2b Marketing

Innovative Digital Training – IAS b2b Marketing Total Immersion


Regional Winner

Providing Education and Training

Prescot Oasis Centre Ltd

Developed training programme for long term unemployed into sustainable employment in the Care Sector.


Regional Winner


Training individuals to develop and maintain a productive healthy lifestyle abstinent from substance use.


Regional Winner

Partnership and Collaboration

  • Knowsley Community College
  • Ashworth Hospital


Vocational training innovation for patients of Ashworth high security psychiatric hospital


Regional Winner

  • Impact International
  • Barclays UK Retail Bank

Developing Emerging Leaders proves to be key investment for bank


UK Winner

  • Ideal Standard International
  • AXIA Solutions Limited

Releasing the Potential of a mature workforce at Ideal Standard International – Middlewich site


Regional Winner

  • Helena Partnerships
  • New Charter Housing Trust Group
  • Willow Park Housing Trust
  • Transpennine Housing

Neighbourhoods Development Programme

St Helens

Regional Winner

Cumbria Constabulary

Achieving Best Evidence planning and conducting interviews with children


Regional Winner


Achieving Bakery Excellence in Industrial Baking


Regional Winner


Sasha Deepwell

From developing award winning homes to developing outstanding people – one woman’s journey of a lifetime


UK Winner

Louise Tyrrell

Lou Tyrrell – Inspired to Change


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 North 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 


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