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North West Winners

North West’s Best Training Rewarded!


Six organisations and individuals from the North West won National Training Awards at a ceremony in Liverpool last night.

They were:


  • Amelia Shemilt, Audlem (near Crewe)
  • Bentley Motors Ltd, Crewe
  • M&S Money, Chester

in partnership with Kaisen Consulting, Bristol

Greater Manchester

  • North Trafford College, Stretford

in partnership with Balfour Beatty Utilities Ltd, Worsley

  • The Bank of New York Mellon, Manchester


  • Merseytravel, Liverpool

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

The following regional awards were also made at the ceremony, held in Liverpool’s St George’s Hall:

North West Training Award


  • Barclays Bank, Northwich


  • Cumbria Constabulary, Penrith
  • Risedale Estates Limited, Barrow in Furness

Greater Manchester

  • New Charter Housing Trust Group, Ashton under Lyne


  • Avenir Training, Burnley
  • Bae Systems, Warton (near Preston)
  • Herron House Licensed Retail Training, Lancaster
  • Michelle Jayne Ellis, Blackburn


  • Barnetts Solicitors, Southport
  • Everyday Financial Solutions, Netherton (near Liverpool)

in partnership with Atlantic Link, Nottingham

  • Jacquie Deacon, Huyton
  • Jeanette Lea, Stockbridge Village (near Liverpool)
  • Mersey Care NHS Trust, Southport

in partnership with Prison Officers Association, Liverpool, and Knowsley Community College, Kirby

Highly Commended


  • Geoff Corser, Runcorn


  • Pepsico International, Skelmersdale


  • Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Hyton
  • Wirral Council, Department of Adult Social Services, Birkenhead

The National Training Awards celebrate businesses, organisations and individuals that achieve outstanding success through training and development.  The awards are sponsored by City & Guilds and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).

Colin Jackson congratulated all the winners, saying:  “It was a privilege to present the North West 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.”

Co-chairs of the North West judging panel, Laurie Wood and Peter Cresswell, congratulated the winners.

Peter Cresswell said:  “The North West winners stand as clear exemplars for the benefits of learning and development and should be an inspiration to individuals and businesses who need to improve their performance.”

Laurie Wood:  “Their achievements are something we can all feel proud of. I hope their success will encourage others to put forward their own unique stories of the clear improvements achieved through training as potential National Training Awards winners for the future.”

Dr Lis Smith, Director of Skills Policy at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), said: “The NWDA has a key role in ensuring that training, education and skills development is meeting the needs of employers and individuals in the Northwest. The winners have shown a real commitment to continuing their own professional development and with it the benefits they bring to the business.  They have set the type of example that we seek to push out across the region.”

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 West 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 the North West Regional Development Agency.  They are supported by Investors in People.


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