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East of England Finalists

East of England Shines in National Training Awards Final

10 entrants from the region make the shortlist


The National Training Awards (NTA) today, announced the companies and individuals in the East of England who have reached the finals of this year’s awards. In total, 10 organisations and individuals from the region have been recognised for their outstanding contribution and commitment to training in the workplace.


Organised on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by UK Skills, the National Training Awards celebrate those who have achieved really outstanding business and personal success through investment in training. The finalists in the East of England are: 



·         Michael Smith, Norwich

·         Mekila Baker, Swanton Morley

·         Norwich City College of FE & HE, Norwich



·         PMA Media Training, St Ives



·         Pitney Bowes Limited, Harlow

·         Ministry of Defence Guard Service, Braintree



·         Royal Air Force, Bury St. Edmonds

·         Willis Limited, Ipswich

·         Ridgeons Timber & Builders Merchants Ltd, Newmarket, Suffolk in partnership with Cambridge Regional College



·         PJ Care Ltd, Bletchley, Milton Keynes


The region’s winners will be revealed at a ceremony held at the Guildhall, Cambridge on Thursday 17th September.


Chair of the East of England judging panel, Paula Grayson said:  “This year’s finalists have shown excellent business sense, innovation and exemplary commitment in investing in training their staff this year.  The skills enhancements mean these organisations will be the first to grow when the economy recovers.  There was an impressively wide range of entries from our region.”           


Simon Bartley, Chief Executive of UK Skills which manages the National Training Awards said:  “From speaking with past winners of the National Training Awards we have established that more than half have enjoyed increased awareness amongst their customer base, with a further third stating they have gained additional business following winning an award.  These figures speak for themselves and it is clear that those who invest in high quality training reap the benefits.   


“Now more than ever it is essential for organisations to continue to invest in the development of their staff if they are to remain competitive in the future.  I would like to congratulate the finalists who have made the shortlist for the Awards.”


The National Training Awards’ premier sponsor is City & Guilds. 




For interviews, Case Studies or more information please contact:

Matthew Sutherland, Fresh PR – Sutherland.Matt@yahoo.co.uk 01872 262 977

Kate Moloughney, UK Skills kate.moloughney@ukskills.org.uk 020 7429 2827 / 07732567314.


Notes to Editors:

Entry Details:

·         Michael Smith.  Category:  Individual.  Title of Entry:  ‘From electrician to MA.  Using learning to drive standards in the Work Based Leaning Sector’.

·         PMA Media Training.  Category:  Training Provider.  Title of Entry:  ‘Postgraduate course in magazine journalism’.

·         P J Care ltd.  Category:  Medium Employer.  Title of Entry:  ‘Improving End of Life Care for people living in Care Homes; A best practice model’.

·         Pitney Bowes Limited.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  ‘To up skill the current sales force to sell a broader range of products’.

·         Royal Air Force.  Category:  Large employer.  Title of Entry:  ‘Assessment development and change of the RAF Regiment Apprenticeship Scheme’.

·         Ministry of Defence Guard Service.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  ‘MDPGAs Band D Organisational Initiative to support individuals through MODs centralised managerial promotion process’.

·         Mekila Baker.  Category:  Individual.  Title of Entry:  ‘Staying Power - working with young people to address retention in education.’

·         Norwich City College of FE & HE.  Category:  Training Provider.  Title of Entry:  ‘Widening Participation and Progression for ASD Learners’.

·         Willis Limited.  Category:  Large Employer. Title of Entry:  ‘Technology enabled transformation of London insurance market broking business model’.

·         Ridgeons Timber & Builders Merchants Ltd in partnership with Cambridge Regional College.  Category:  Partnership.  Title of Entry:  ‘The impact of climate change and environmental awareness on building methods and materials’.


  About The National Training Awards

·         The National Training Awards (NTA) identify and celebrate organisations and individuals that have achieved really outstanding business and personal success through investment in training.

·         Run on annual basis, the National Training Awards are free to enter and open in January.  Entries close in April.

·         The National Training Awards includes the following categories:  Large Employer (250 +), Medium Employer (50-249+), SME (49 and under), Training Provider, Partnership and Collaboration and Individual.

·         The ‘Now is the Time’ category was launched in 2009 to encourage employers who have invested in training during the recession, to share their experiences and get public recognition to their commitment to training and re-skilling. 

·         The National Training Awards are organised on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by UK Skills. The National Training Awards support the training delivered by organisations working on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

·         The National Training Awards support the Skills Pledge.

For more information visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com


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