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East of England celebrates best in training at National Training Awards 2010

Businesses and individuals in the East of England 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 Chilford Hall, Cambridge, saw a total of 13 Regional Training Awards presented to businesses and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding impact and benefits as a direct result of the training. A further five 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 East of England are:

Award category

Organisation / individual name

Entry title


Award type

Large Employer
(over 250 employees)

Belron® UK Limited t/a Autoglass

Improving customer service and financial performance through correct Product Identification


Regional Winner


Stay Safe - harming no-one in the course of our business

Hemel Hempstead

Regional Winner

Whitbread Group Plc

Creating and Embedding a World Class Sales Culture - Going for Gold


UK Winner

The Orchid Group

Steps To Excellence deputy development programme

St. Albans

Regional Winner

Medium Employer
(50-249 employees)

Rail Tech Group

The training of new recruits into the rail industry


UK Winner

Christies Care

Christies Care – Investing in learning disabilities training to raise standards for live-in carers


Regional Winner

Small Employer
(up to 49 employees)

Commercial Utility Brokers (UK) Ltd

Empowering Staff Through Training


UK Winner

Providing Education and Training

National Aviation Heritage Skills Initiative

Preserving the Past – Committed to the Future


UK Winner

Learning A Living

Synovates Train the Trainer to Train the Trainer


Regional Winner

Safer Places

Supported resilience through employability training programme for vulnerable and excluded people


Regional Winner

Partnership and Collaboration

  • University of Hertfordshire

Combining a Business Education with Full time Employment in the Defence Industry


UK Winner

  • RBS Insurance
  • JHP Group

Retaining and raising capability of contact centre staff through vocational learning and development


Regional Winner

  • Saffron Housing Trust Ltd
  • Wymondham Learning Initiative

Developing Housing Trust staff through partnership working with a local learning charity


Regional Winner

The five 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 East of England 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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