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The National Training Awards Press Office will send out press releases following the announcement of the regional finalists, regional ceremonies and the Gala.

The Press Office will also be happy to provide comments from spokespeople at The National Training Awards and Government for you to include in your own releases.

And don't forget to include any press releases on your website, intranet and in your company newsletter to ensure your exciting news reaches all your stakeholders.


Success Stories Sought for the 2009 National Training Awards

The 2009 National Training Awards are seeking stories of how training has transformed businesses, organisations and communities.

For more than two decades these annual Awards have celebrated organisations and individuals that demonstrate outstanding business and personal success through investment in training. They are run by UK Skills on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

The closing date for this year’s entries is Friday 24 April 2009.

UK Skills Chief Executive Simon Bartley said: “We’re after training success stories from organisations and individuals around the country. We want to hear how their investment in training has boosted productivity, reduced costs, fast-tracked a career, or improved a community’s employment opportunities.

“Entering the Awards provides organisations with an opportunity to benchmark their training and to receive independent recognition of its success. Many past entrants have even found the process of entering valuable as the Award’s framework is an excellent tool for evaluating training programmes.

“This year, more than ever, we need to hear about successful training. Many companies at this time will be tempted to save costs by cutting training budgets. But the experience of past winners has shown that well thought out training can bring big returns and in some cases save struggling businesses.”

Free information sessions about the Awards and how to enter are being held throughout the UK during February and March. For more information phone 0800 0191 475 or email info@nationaltrainingawards.com.

To complete online application form or to view a webcast about entering the awards visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.