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Now is the Time

Surviving the Recession through Training
New National Training Award recognises employers who have
developed training programmes in direct response to the recession.

Employers are being urged to invest in training to help survive the recession in a new campaign co-ordinated by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.  In an open letter to be published in the national press this week the UK's skills ministers will launch the new ‘Now is the Time’ National Training Award developed by UK Skills.

The letter urges employers not to cut training to save costs but to invest in training to build workforce talent and gain competitive advantage for when recovery comes.  It also emphasises that now is the time for organisations to take advantage of help available from government. 

The new ‘Now is the Time’ category of the 2009 National Training Awards encourages employers, who have invested in skills during the recession, to share their experiences and get public recognition for their commitment to training and re-skilling.

The letter is signed by the UK’s four skills Ministers: Sir Reg Empey MLA, Minister for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland; Jane Hutt,  Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills in Wales; Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in Scotland and John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

Chris Humphries, CEO of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills said: “Cutting training budgets can be seen as a quick way to save money during a recession, but now is precisely the time to keep investing in the skills and talents of people.  The skills of an organisation’s workforce are its best guarantee of future prosperity and the best investment a business can make in these challenging times.”

UK Skills Chief Executive Simon Bartley said: “We know that many organisations have launched training initiatives specifically to help them survive the recession and that’s why we’ve launched this special “Now is the Time” Award.  We’d like to hear more about what these businesses are doing so that we can learn about what works best and share this with the other employers.“

For more information and entry forms visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com/nowisthetime.


For more information contact:

Sara Wall Baade, Director of Awards, UK Skills
Ph. 020 7612 9265 sara.baade@ukskills.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • 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.
  • In addition to the new ‘Now is the Time’ category, entries can be made in one of six categories: Small Employer, Medium Employer, Large Employer, Providing Education and Training, Partnership and Collaboration, and Individual. 
  • The National Training Awards operates throughout the UK. UK Skills manages the Awards on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and organises the Awards in England and in partnership with the Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland, the Welsh Assembly Government, Skills Development Scotland & the Scottish Government.
  • 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, and has signed the government’s Skills Pledge.
  • The Awards are supported by Investors in People.


Social Media
Including news of your success with the National Training Awards on your company's social networking site is another great way to shout about your achievements.

Company literature
Announcing you have won a National Training Award can add real kudos to your company - remember to include your achievement on email signatures, business cards and company literature.