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North East Winners

North East’s Best Win Top Award for Training

Four organisations and individuals from the North East have a chance of winning the UK’s top accolade for training after receiving UK National Training Awards at a regional ceremony in Newcastle last night.

The winners were:


  • The Working Knowledge Group – UK National Training Award, Providers of Education and Training


  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, Middlesbrough – UK National Training Award, Large Employer
  • Stephen Watkins, Middlesbrough – UK National Training Award, Individual


  • Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne in partnership with Hyde International Training, Beijing and UK Met Office, Exeter – UK National Training Award, Partnership & Collaboration

Colin Jackson, sports commentator and former British hurdles champion, presented each winner with their trophy.  

The four winners will now be invited to the UK gala ceremony at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel on 11th December 2008 where they will find out whether or not they have won the overall Winner of the Year prize for their category. They will be up against winners from across the UK.

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


  • Affinity Healthcare, Darlington – North East Training Award, Medium Employer


  • Dave R Wright, Middlesbrough – North East Training Award, Individual
  • David McLoughlin, Stockton-on-Tees – North East Training Award, Individual
  • Lucite International, Billingham in partnership with Branta Training Management Ltd, Middlesbrough and Dynamic Distance Learning Ltd., Redcar – North East Training Award, Partnership & Collaboration


  • BL Hairdressing Training Ltd, Newcastle Upon Tyne – North East Training Award, Small Employer
  • BT Retail Consumer Sales, Newcastle Upon Tyne – North East Training Award, Large Employer
  • Gentoo Group, Sunderland – North East Training Award, Large Employer
  • South Tyneside Council Catering Services, South Shields – North East Training Award, Large Employer
  • The Tyne & Wear Care Alliance, Sunderland in partnership with Phoenix TSL, Blaydon-On-Tyne, MCQ, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northern Care Training, South Shields – North East Training Award, Partnership & Collaboration
  • Travelex UK Retail, Newcastle – North East Training Award, Large Employer

The National Training Awards celebrate businesses, organisations and individuals that achieve outstanding success through training and development.  They are run by UK Skills on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and are sponsored by City & Guilds. They are supported by Investors in People. 

Colin Jackson congratulated all the winners, saying:  “I am delighted to take part again in the National Training Awards ceremony in North East and present the winners with their trophies. This year's recipients have set the benchmark high and have proven that in today's competitive market, high quality training is an integral part of both personal and business development.”              

Chair of the North East judging panel, Jackie Axelby, congratulated the winners.  She said:  “The North East winners clearly represent the benefits of better skills and training. They’ve proved how training changes individuals’ and companies’ performance and that it is an essential ingredient for success. We wish our UK National Training Award winners the best of luck for the next stage of the Awards.”

Simon Bartley, UK Skills Chief Executive, said:  “It’s exciting to see such a broad range of examples of both personal and organisational investment in training.  Each winner has a wonderful story to tell of the benefits that their training has brought, from increased productivity to improved customer satisfaction to changed lives.

“The winners demonstrate that training is an investment not a cost and that it can transform companies, careers and communities.  I congratulate them all on what they have achieved.”

Skills Minister David Lammy said: “The National Training Awards foster a culture of learning, celebrate skills development, and make a real difference to the performance of companies and individuals the length and breadth of the country by challenging them to invest in their own development and future.  The winners demonstrate the dynamic range of training taking place across the UK and the benefits of achieving excellence, and I congratulate them.”


For more information about the National Training Awards visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com


Notes to Editors

About National Training Awards

  • 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 727 entries and 232 finalists.
  • Type of Awards
    • Regional Training Awards (unlimited) – These awards are given to entries who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their region.
    • Regional UK National Training Awards – These awards (maximum of one winner per category in each region) are given to entries who have demonstrated outstanding and exceptional achievement through training and development.
  • The National Training Awards entry categories are:
    • Large Employers (over 250 employees)
    • Medium Employers (50-249 employees)
    • Small Employers (1-49 employees)
    • Providers of Education and Training
    • Partnerships and Collaborations
    • Individuals
  • The National Training Awards operates throughout the UK. UK Skills manages the Awards on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and in partnership with:
    • Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland
    • The Welsh Assembly Government
    • Scottish Government / Skills Development Scotland
  • The premier sponsor of the National Training Awards is City & Guilds. The Awards are also supported by Investors in People.
  • Of this year’s winners, 47 are working on projects for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games and 131 have signed up to the governments Skills Pledge, a voluntary, public commitment to develop employees basic skills and work towards relevant qualifications to at least Level 2.

About UK Skills

  • 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. For more information visit www.ukskills.org.uk




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