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North East Finalists

14 from the North East reach National Training Awards shortlist

Fourteen organisations and individuals from the North East have reached the finals of this year’s National Training Awards.  The awards are the premier accolade for training in the UK, celebrating the outstanding success of individuals and organisations.

This year’s Awards have shown a 28% increase in entries with 727 entries received.  They have now been whittled down to just 232 finalists.

In the North East the finalists are:


  • Affinity Healthcare, Darlington


  • Stephen Watkins, Stanford-Le-Hope      


  • The Working Knowledge Group
  • Travelex UK Retail


  • Lucite International, Billingham in partnership with Branta Training Management Ltd, Middlesbrough and Dynamic Distance Learning Ltd., Redcar
  • Dave R Wright, Middlesbrough    
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, Middlesbrough        
  • David McLoughlin, Stockton-on-Tees    


  • BL Hairdressing Training Ltd, Newcastle Upon Tyne  
  • BT Retail Consumer Sales, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Gentoo Group, Sunderland                      
  • Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne in partnership with Hyde International Training, Beijing and UK Met Office, Exeter
  • The Tyne & Wear Care Alliance, Sunderland in partnership with Phoenix TSL, Blaydon-On-Tyne, MCQ, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northern Care Training, South Shields           
  • South Tyneside Council Catering Services, South Shields   

The region’s winners will be revealed at a ceremony held at the Hilton Gateshead on Tuesday 23rd September.

The National Training Awards’ premier sponsor is City & Guilds and they are supported by Investors in People.  The Awards are organised on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills by UK Skills, a not-for-profit organisation which champions vocational skills and learning for work.

Chair of the North East judging panel, Jackie Axelby, said: “The National Training Awards have been celebrating training that transforms individuals and organisations for more than 20 years. This year the number of entries has more than doubled and the standard in the North East remains very high. I congratulate all the finalists who have made this year’s shortlist.”

Simon Bartley, UK Skills Chief Executive, said: “The National Training Awards provide tangible examples of the positive effects of investment in high quality training. I am delighted to see such a diverse range of quality entries in 2008. On behalf of UK Skills I would like to congratulate the finalists who have made the shortlist for the Awards.

“It’s clear that individuals and organisations who invest in high quality training reap the benefits. Training not only increases performance and generates growth but it fosters team building and leads to the broader success of the organisation.”

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 finalists demonstrate the dynamic range of training taking place across the UK and the benefits of achieving excellence."

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.
  • 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 finalists, 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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