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The National Training Awards Press Office will send out press releases following the announcement of the regional finalists, regional ceremonies and the Gala.

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North East celebrates best in training at National Training Awards 2010

Businesses and individuals in the North 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 the Discovery Museum in Newcastle, saw a total of 12 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 East are:

Award category

Organisation / individual name

Entry title


Award type

Large Employer
(over 250 employees)


Rising & Emerging Stars – developing our future managers


Regional Winner

Eaga PLC

The Eaga Service Excellence Experience


Regional Winner

Sembcorp Utilities (UK) Ltd (Protection Group)

Sembcorp Protection Group Staff Competency Training Achievements Set New Industry Standard


UK Winner

Medium Employer
(50-249 employees)

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Developing problem-solving skills using 8-Step Practical Process Improvement (PPI) Methodology to improve overall business performance


Regional Winner

Small Employer
(up to 49 employees)


Meeting the challenges of the digital communications age


Regional Winner

Providing Education and Training

Northumbria University

The Student Law Office - Training future lawyers through real life experience


UK Winner

ETEC Development Trust

Community Decorators - making a difference to the local community & young people’s lives


Regional Winner

Newcastle Sports Injury Clinic

Innovative training delivers safer work environment saves money and minimises physical stress in the workplace.


Regional Winner

Partnership and Collaboration

  • Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service
  • Sunderland Youth Offending Service

Working in partnership to engage with young people to change attitude and behaviour


UK Winner

  • Northumbria Police
  • Tyne & Wear Emergency Planning Unit
  • Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service HQ
  • North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Guardian: Multi agency training and awareness in CBRN incident response in North East England


Regional Winner


Stephen Race

Wagon Driver promoted to Safety Manager shows how great determination can achieve success


UK Winner

Don Head

From a background of no qualifications to working to ensure no one is unqualified

N. Morpeth

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 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: matt@freshcommunication.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
Announcing you have won a National Training Award can add real kudos to your company - remember to include your achievement on email signatures, business cards and company literature.