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East of England Winners

 East of England celebrates the best in Training
Region’s companies and individuals honoured at annual National Training Awards

Companies and individuals in the East of England gathered last night at the National Training Awards to celebrate those who have achieved really outstanding business and personal success through an investment in training.

Organised on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by UK Skills, the National Training Awards honour those who have made an outstanding contribution and commitment to training in the workplace.  The UK national winners in the East of England were: 

  • Pitney Bowes Limited, Harlow, Essex
  • PJ Care Limited, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire
  • Ridgeons Timber & Builders Merchants Ltd, Newmarket, Suffolk,  in partnership with Cambridge Regional College
  • Norwich City College of FE & HE, Norwich
  • Michael Smith, Norwich

BBC Look East presenter Susie Fowler-Watt presented each winner with the trophy.

The 5 UK national winners will now be invited to the UK Gala Ceremony at London’s Royal Horticultural Halls on Thursday 10th December where they will find out whether or not they have won the overall Winner of the Year prize for their category.  They will be up against winners from across the UK. 

The following regional awards were also presented at the ceremony, held at Cambridge Guildhall:

  • Ministry of Defence Guard Service, Braintree, Essex
  • Mekila Baker, Swanton Morley, Norfolk

Congratulating all winners, Susie Fowler-Watt said:  “This year’s recipients in the East of England have set the benchmark high.  Each and every one of them has proven that in today’s current climate, high quality training is an integral part of both personal and business development.  It is great to see such a wide range of winners from our region go forward to the UK Gala Ceremony, it really does put the East of England on the map.”

Simon Bartley, Chief Executive of UK Skills which manages the National Training Awards said:  “The winners in the East of England 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 Kevin Brennan said:  It is more important than ever that we continue to support and invest in the training of our workforce, helping individuals develop their skills as well helping businesses stay competitive and prepare for the upturn and the opportunities the future will present. 

“Skills competitions raise the aspirations of young people taking part, as well as act as an excellent example of the different ways training is being accessed and show vocational qualifications as a viable career choice.

“This year’s winners demonstrate the diverse range of training taking place within the UK and the benefits it is delivering to organisations and employees.”

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


Notes to Editors

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.

Entry Details:

  • Michael Smith.  Category:  Individual.  Title of Entry:  ‘From electrician to MA.  Using learning to drive standards in the Work Based Leaning Sector’.
  • 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 upskill the current salesforce to sell a broader range of products’.
  • 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’.
  • 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 Paralympic Games.
  • The National Training Awards support the Skills Pledge.

For more information visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com


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