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North West Winners

North West’s Best Win Top Award for training

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

The winners were:


  • Cumbria Constabulary, Penrith – UK National Training Award, Providers of Education and Training


  • Calderstones NHS Trust, Clitheroe in partnership with Jigsaw Environmental, Clitheroe – UK National Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration


  • FRC Group, Liverpool – UK National Training Award, Medium Employer
  • Pat Shea-Halson, Liverpool – UK National Training Award, Individual


  • Waitrose – UK National Training Award, Large Employer      

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

The 5 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: The Palace, Manchester.


  • Academee, Wilmslow in partnership with            UniChem, Surrey – North West Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration
  • AstraZeneca UK Limited, Macclesfield – North West Training Award, Large Employer   
  • Chess plc, Alderley Edge in partnership with TWF, Warrington – North West Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration
  • The Canal Boat Adventure Project, Hallwood (near Runcorn) – North West Training Award, Providers of Education and Training
  • The Relationships Centre, Warrington in partnership with North Cheshire Hospitals, Cheshire – North West Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration


  • Care Sector Alliance Cumbria, Kendal in partnership with Age Concern North West Cumbria, Whitehaven, Community Integrated Care, Cockermouth Cumbria CC Adult Education Service, Maryport, Cumbria View Care Services, Kendal,  Heron Hill Care Home, Kendal, Home Care Trust Ltd, Carlisle, Risedale Estates, Barrow-in-Furness, and Tribal Education Ltd. Move On Up Program, Taunton – North West Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration
  • Gwen Irving, Seascale – North West Training Award, Individual


  • Hilti (GB) Ltd, Stockport – North West Training Award, Large Employer      
  • United Response, London in partnership with Helen Sanderson Associates, Stockport – North West Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration
  • Work Solutions, Stockport in partnership with City College Manchester, Manchester, Greater Manchester Probation Service, Manchester and Kalyx, Manchester – North West Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration


  • BAE Systems, Preston – North West Training Award, Large Employer       
  • Keystone Distribution UK, Heywood – North West Training Award, Medium Employer
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston in partnership with Runshaw College, Preston, LCC- ACS Directorate, Preston, Preston College,  Preston, Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust, Leyland – North West Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration
  • Richard Hoyle, Preston – North West Training Award, Individual                 


  • Riverside Group, Liverpool – North West Training Award, Large Employer
  • The Vocational College, Liverpool           - North West Training Award, Medium Employer        
  • Unilever plc, Wirral in partnership with West Cheshire College, Chester – North West Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration   

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 West 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 West judging panel, Peter Cresswell, congratulated the winners.  He said:  “The North West winners clearly represent the benefits of better skills and training. They’ve proven that training can dynamically improve performance regardless of whether it is undertaken by an individual, a company in the private sector or an organisation providing support to the community. The quality of entries this year provoked much discussion and debate within the judging panel. We wish our UK National Training Award winners the best of luck for the next stage of the Awards.”

Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) said: “Congratulations to all our winners who have clearly demonstrated a desire to succeed by taking part in training, education and skills development.  The continued growth of England’s Northwest is defined by organisations that are willing to invest in a skilled workforce and individuals who have the motivation to improve productivity.

“As England’s lead Regional Development Agency for Skills, the NWDA works alongside partners to ensure the region offers the very best in skills development:  supporting specialised academies and influencing national policy.”

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.”

Minister of State 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

About NWDA

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) leads the economic development and regeneration of England's northwest and is responsible for:

  • Supporting business growth and encouraging investment
  • Matching skills provision to employer needs
  • Creating the conditions for economic growth
  • Connecting the region through effective transport and communication infrastructure
  • Promoting the region’s outstanding quality of life




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