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North West Finalists

27 from the North West reach National Training Awards shortlist

Twenty-seven organisations and individuals from the North West 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 West the finalists are:


  • The Canal Boat Adventure Project, Hallwood (near Runcorn)
  • Academee, Wilmslow in partnership with            UniChem, Surrey
  • AstraZeneca UK Limited, Macclesfield   
  • Chess plc, Alderley Edge in partnership with TWF, Warrington
  • Community Integrated Care, Widnes     
  • The Relationships Centre, Warrington in partnership with North Cheshire Hospitals, Cheshire  


  • 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
  • Cumbria Police, Penrith    
  • Debra Sloan, Seascale      
  • Partylite Manufacturing Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness           


  • United Response, London in partnership with Helen Sanderson Associates, Stockport
  • Centre For Pharmacy Postgraduate Education, Manchester 
  • Hilti (GB) Ltd, Stockport      
  • Work Solutions, Stockport in partnership with City College Manchester, Manchester, Greater Manchester Probation Service, Manchester and Kalyx, Manchester,


  • BAE Systems, Preston      
  • Calderstones NHS Trust, Clitheroe in partnership with Jigsaw Environmental, Clitheroe
  • Keystone Distribution UK, Heywood
  • 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                     
  • Matalan, Skelmersdale      
  • PepsiCo, Skelmersdale
  • Richard Hoyle, Preston                 


  • Unilever plc, Wirral in partnership with West Cheshire College, Chester      
  • Pat Shea-Halson, Liverpool          
  • The Vocational College, Liverpool          
  • FRC Group, Liverpool        
  • Riverside Group, Liverpool           


  • Waitrose

The region’s winners will be revealed at a ceremony held at The Palace Manchester on Tuesday 14th October.

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 West judging panel, Peter Cresswell, said: “The National Training Awards have been celebrating training that transforms individuals and organisations for more than 20 years. This year there has been a 41 percent increase in entries for the Awards in the North West and the quality of the entries just goes on improving.  Congratulations from the whole of the North West Judging Panel to 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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