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Yorkshire and the Humber Winners

Yorkshire and Humber’s Best Win Top Award for training

Three organisations and individuals from Yorkshire and Humber have a chance of winning the UK’s top accolade for training after receiving UK National Training Award at a regional ceremony in Leeds last night.

The winners were:

SOUTH YORKSHIRE

  • Kier Sheffield LLP, Sheffield in partnership with Sheffield Homes, Sheffield and CTS, Sheffield – UK National Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration

WEST YORKSHIRE

  • Robert England, Halifax – UK National Training Award, Individual
  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Bradford – UK National Training Award, Large Employer

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

The 3 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: Leeds Town Hall

 

EAST YORKSHIRE

  • Sheena Kurring, Hull – Yorkshire and Humber Training Award, Individual

NORTH YORKSHIRE

  • Norwich Union, York in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Edinburgh – Yorkshire and Humber Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration

SOUTH YORKSHIRE

  • Bramall Construction, Rotherham           in partnership with Chevin Housing Group, Wakefield – Yorkshire and Humber Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration

WEST YORKSHIRE

  • Barnardos, Bradford in partnership with ASD Learning Support Service, Bradford, Airedale NHS Speech & Languge Team, Keighley, Bradford Primary Care Trust Speech & Language Team, Bradford and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, Keighley – Yorkshire and Humber Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration
  • BUPA, Leeds in partnership with National Employer Service, Coventry and NVQUK, Salisbury – Yorkshire and Humber Training Award, Partnership and Collaboration
  • Contact Leeds - Leeds City Council, Leeds – Yorkshire and Humber Training Award, Large Employer
  • Kirklees Council Adults & Communities Directorate, Huddersfield – Yorkshire and Humber Training Award, Large Employer
  • Marshalls PLC, Halifax – Yorkshire and Humber 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 Yorkshire and Humber 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.”            

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.”

Regional Minister for Yorkshire & the Humber, Rosie Winterton, who attended the ceremony, said: “One of my top priorities is to promote the importance of raising the levels of skills across the region. Training and work-based learning are crucial to making that happen successfully and I am proud that this region has such a diverse range of employers who have proved their outstanding commitment to that aim.” 
  
Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber judging panel, John Robertshaw, congratulated the winners. He said:  “The high standard of the Yorkshire and Humber winners clearly represents the benefits of improved skills achieved through training. They have proven that quality training can change both individual and company performance and that it is an essential ingredient of success. We wish our nominated UK National Award Winners every success 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.”

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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