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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 Winners

North East’s Best Training Rewarded


Three organisations and individuals from the North East won National Training Awards at a ceremony in Newcastle last night.

They were:

County Durham

  • AMEC Group Limited - Industrial Division, Darlington

Tyne and Wear

  • Keith Copeland, Sunderland
  • City Service, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle upon Tyne

They received a golden envelope containing an invitation to the UK gala ceremony in London in December from sports commentator and former British hurdles champion Colin Jackson.

The following regional awards were also made at the ceremony, held at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead:

North East Training Award


  • Julie Embleton, Ashington
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Cramlington
  • The Specials Laboratory Ltd, Prudhoe


  • Middlesbrough SCITT, Middlesbrough

Tyne and Wear

  • Chris Watt, Sunderland
  • Gentoo Group, Sunderland

Highly Commended

Tyne and Wear

  • Responsive Engineering Group, Gateshead

The National Training Awards celebrate businesses, organisations and individuals that achieve outstanding success through training and development.  The awards are sponsored by City & Guilds.

Colin Jackson congratulated all the winners, saying: “It was a privilege to present the North East winners with their awards last night.  Just as in sport you can’t get anywhere without training, these winners have shown that training is essential to getting ahead in business and in turning personal ambitions into reality.  They deserve their success.  Congratulations.”

The chair of the North East judging panel, Jackie Axelby, said:  “My congratulations to all the winners from the North East.  Their achievements are something we can all feel proud of.  I also hope their success will inspire others to enter next year’s awards with their stories of how training has transformed their company, community or career.”

UK Skills Chief Executive, Simon Bartley, said the winners had shown the impact that carefully planned training could have when it was aimed at meeting specific organisational needs.

“Each of them has a story to tell about the specific benefits that their training has brought them, including:  increased productivity; reduced waste; improved customer satisfaction; increased sales.  They demonstrate that targeted training can boost a business’ bottom line.

“The individual winners provide a range of wonderful examples of the benefits that a personal investment in training can have.  They’ve achieved goals – discovered new ambitions – gained self-confidence and make a significant contribution to their communities.”

For more information on the awards visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com.


Notes to Editors

  • National Training Awards winners are those who have demonstrated exceptional achievement as a result of training and development.  This is the highest level of award.
  • North East Training Award winners have undertaken training that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the region or nation.
  • Highly commended winners are individuals or organisations that show great potential and have demonstrated a dedication to excellence through training.
  • The National Training Awards are awarded to those who have achieved lasting success through exceptionally effective training. Anyone or any organisation that has benefited from training can enter the awards.
  • This year there were 187 finalists from throughout the UK. Winners are being announced at a series of regional ceremonies being held during September and October. The UK gala ceremony to celebrate National Training Award winners will be held on 13 December at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.
  • The National Training Awards operates throughout the UK. UK Skills manages the awards on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and organises the awards in England.
  • UK Skills is a not-for-profit organisation which champions vocational skills and learning for work through awards and competitions.  It is committed to training and development and recently signed a Skills Pledge.
  • The awards are sponsored by City & Guilds and supported by Investors in People.


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Company literature
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