days to deadline of 20th May 2011

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


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.


Yorkshire and the Humber Winners

Yorkshire and the Humber celebrates the best in Training
Region’s companies and individuals honoured at annual National Training Awards

Companies and individuals in Yorkshire and the Humber 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 Yorkshire and the Humber were: 

  • Alan Rayment, Scunthorpe  
  • South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue & CragRats Ltd, Sheffield
  • North York Moors National Park Authority, York
  • PS Transport, Grimsby

Calendar presenter Gaynor Barnes presented each winner with the trophy.

The 4 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 Leeds Town Hall: 

  • Andrew Johnson, Hull
  • Alan Geoffrey Pick, Sheffield
  • Humberside Police, Hull
  • Woodlands MS Resource & Respite Care Centre, York
  • Kirklees College, Huddersfield
  • NAVCA, Sheffield
  • YMCA Training, Doncaster
  • DISC, Leeds
  • Theatre &. and Trans Pennine Housing, Huddersfield 

Congratulating all winners, Gaynor Barnes said:  “This year’s recipients in Yorkshire and the Humber 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 Yorkshire and the Humber on the map.”

Simon Bartley, Chief Executive of UK Skills which manages the National Training Awards said:  “The winners in Yorkshire and the Humber 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.

“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:

  • Humberside Police.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  ‘Detention Officers Training Programme’.
  • Kirklees College.  Category:  Training Provider.  Title of Entry:  ‘Developing career opportunities for young people in the NEET group through a flexible individualised programme’.
  • NAVCA.   Category:  Training Provider.  Title of Entry:  ‘Using public law to challenge unjust public body decisions’. 
  • Andrew Johnson. Category:  Individual.  Title of Entry:  ‘Construction - not just a job a career!’.
  • Woodlands MS Resource & Respite Care Centre.  Category:  Medium Employer.  Title of Entry:  ‘Inclusive Staff  Induction Programme’.
  • Alan Rayment.  Category:  Individual.  Title of Entry:  ‘Your life can change in a heartbeat. Grab every opportunity you can’.
  • North York Moors National Park.  Category:  Training Provider.  Title of Entry:  ‘Training and developing the next generation of young people in traditional countryside skills’.
  • South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in partnership with CragRats Ltd.  Category:  Partnership.  Title of Entry:  ‘Backfire – Youth Arson Prevention Education Programme.’
  • PS Transport.  Category:  Small Employer.  Title of Entry:  ‘Improving business performance and raising standards’. 
  • YMCA Training.  Category:  Training Provider.  Title of Entry:  ‘Re-engaging 14-16 at risk NEET groups in Doncaster’.
  • DISC.  Category:  Training Provider.  Title of Entry:  ‘Back to You motivational behavioural change for ex-offenders & substance misusers to support community’.
  • Theatre Ltd in partnership with Trans Pennine Housing.  Category:  Partnership. Title of Entry:   ‘Positive Steps training – Making a real difference to people’s lives’.
  • Alan Geoffrey Pick.  Category:  Individual.  Title of Entry:  ‘Training undertaken in social care voluntary work with local authority university service user and carer’. 

 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


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.