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West Midlands Winners

West Midlands’ Best Training Rewarded


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

They were:

Birmingham and Solihull

  • Drug Solutions Birmingham, Birmingham
  • Land Rover, Solihull

Black Country

  • Denise Hannibal, Dudley


  • Choices Housing Association Limited, Newcastle under Lyme


  • TNT Express Services UK and Ireland, Atherstone


  • Sunfield, Clent

They received a golden envelope containing an invitation to the UK gala ceremony in London in December from television presenter Philippa Forrester.

The following regional awards were also made at the ceremony, held at the National Motorcycle Museum:

West Midlands Training Award

West Midlands

  • Highways Agency Traffic Learning Centre, M42

Black Country

  • Jane Deakin, Rowley Regis
  • Sandwell (ACES programme), West Bromwich


  • University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, Stoke on Trent

in partnership with Stoke on Trent College

  • National Grid, Warwick

in partnership with Develop Training Ltd, Oakham, and Drama for Training, Huddersfield

  • Kimal plc, Bromsgrove

Highly Commended

Black Country

  • The Lighthouse Project, Blackheath


  • Amanda Stevens, Hereford


  • The Rotary Club of Oswestry Borderland, Oswestry

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

Philippa Forrester congratulated all the winners, saying: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to all of the West Midlands winners.  It’s inspiring to hear how learning new skills has helped them to achieve their goals whether that’s been to improve their business, develop their career or make a difference in their local community.”

The chair of the West Midlands judging panel, Ruth Exelby, said:  “My congratulations to all the winners from the West Midlands.  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.
  • West Midlands 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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