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UK Gala Ceremony - The Winners of the Year Unveiled

Training’s Six Winners of the Year announced

Six UK National Training Award Winners of the Year 2008 were announced at a gala ceremony at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel last night:

They are:

Large Employer Category

  • Kier Group Plc (Skills Pledge signatory) – Sandy, Bedfordshire

This construction, development and service group invested in training to grow its own talent through its Executive Leadership Programme, which saw more staff appointed to director positions and staff turnover drop.

Medium Employer Category

  • FRC Group (Skills Pledge signatory) – Liverpool

This pioneering group of social businesses trained long term unemployed people to work in the logistics industry. Most trainees employed in the scheme achieved at least five qualifications and found jobs.

Small Employer Category

  • Queensmill School – Fulham, London

The school introduced a training programme for teachers / support staff to address inconsistent classroom practice. The programme improved the already high standards of teaching, and is being used in other schools.

Partnership and Collaboration Category

  • Kier Sheffield LLP with Sheffield Homes and CTS Training – Sheffield

This partnership’s City Stewardship programme provides employment opportunities to disadvantaged teenagers, giving them a chance to learn new skills while contributing towards keeping Sheffield clean, safe and green.

Providing Education and Training Category (category sponsored by CIPD)

  • The Fire Service College - Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

The college developed a new urban search and rescue training programme to help the UK be better equipped with natural disasters and terrorist attacks. The realistic training involved actors and a massive purpose built rig designed to simulate a real life rescue scenario.

Individual Category

  • Robert England –Halifax

Concrete operative Robert England decided to pursue the route of personal development. He is now a senior manager and has developed a training strategy that led to many business improvements for his company.

Bernadette Woodward from South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust was also awarded the Linda Ammon Award for an individual who has shown great dedication in providing opportunities for individuals as they seek to develop their careers and make their contribution to society.  The award commemorates Linda Ammon CBE, Chief Executive of UK Skills between 2001 and 2004, who sadly died from cancer in 2004. The judging panel recognised Bernadette as being inspirational in the way she helped the Trust to successfully tackle a very serious issue through training.

Former British hurdles champion and sports commentator Colin Jackson presented the Winners of the Year with their trophies at the gala ceremony:

Colin Jackson said:  “My congratulations to each of the six Winners of the Year. In both work and sport, focussed training is vital to success. If you're committed to developing new skills and putting them into practice, then the rewards will follow. These organisations and individuals have put in that extra effort, worked hard and can feel very proud of what they have achieved.”

The National Training Awards celebrate organisations and individuals that achieve outstanding business and personal success through investment in training.  They are run on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills by UK Skills, a not-for-profit organisation that champions vocational skills and learning for work. The Awards are sponsored by City & Guilds (premier sponsor) and CIPD.  They are also supported by Investors in People.

The six Winners of the Year and Linda Ammon Award Winner were selected from 50 UK National Training Award winners announced at regional ceremonies across the UK during September and October.

UK Skills Chief Executive, Simon Bartley, said:  “I am delighted at both the broad range and high standard of the organisations and individuals who have entered this year. The new, more streamlined entry and awards system has encouraged a very diverse range of entries and record numbers.  The winners have demonstrated 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, Lord Tony Young, added:  “In today’s challenging economy a highly skilled workforce is more important than ever before.  Even when firms go through lean financial times, a training programme that is tailored to the specific needs of a business can transform employee and company performance.

“I am pleased to congratulate all the winners here today, as well as the employers who realise that training is an essential ingredient of a successful business, not an optional extra.”

For more information about the National Training Awards phone 0800 0191 475 or visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com

Notes to Editors

National Training Awards    www.nationaltrainingawards.com

  • The six National Training Award ‘Winners of the Year’ are those who have demonstrated the highest levels of achievement as a result of training and development.
  • 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 232 finalists.
  • Of this year’s finalists, 47 were working on projects for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games and 131 had signed up to the government’s Skills Pledge, a voluntary, public commitment to develop employees’ basic skills and work towards relevant qualifications to at least Level 2.
  • 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 sponsored by CIPD and supported by Investors in People.

UK Skills     www.ukskills.org.uk

  • UK Skills is a not-for-profit organisation which champions vocational skills and learning for work through awards and competitions.
  • UK Skills also manages the UK’s entry into the biennial WorldSkills Competition. This is the world’s largest skills competition and involves a thousand young people from over 50 nations competing in different skills over four days. The next WorldSkills Competitions are in Calgary, Canada, in 2009 and in London in 2011.



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