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West Midlands Winners

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

 Companies and individuals in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands were: 

  • John Payne, Oldbury, Birmingham
  • Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire
  • Greyhound Plant Services, Oswestry, Shropshire
  • Ashorne Hill Management College, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire in partnership with Corus. 

ITV Central Tonight presenter Sameena Ali-Khan 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 the National Motorcycle Museum:

  • Coventry Building Society, Coventry
  • Alton Towers Resort, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Swanswell, Birmingham
  • Network Rail, Coventry in partnership with University of Warwick,
  • Baxter Business & Enterprise College, Kidderminster, Worcestershire in partnership with The Stourport High School and Haybridge High School and Sixth Form
  • Rowley Regis Learning Community, Cradley Heath, Birmingham
  • PM Training, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Bottom Line Improvement Processes Ltd, Coalville, Leicestershire
  • Stoke on Trent College, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Birmingham Council, Birmingham in partnership with Stanton Morris LLP  

Congratulating all winners Sameena Ali-Khan  said:  ““This year’s recipients in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands on the map.”

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

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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:

  • Rowley Regis Learning Community.  Category:  Training Provider.  Title of Entry:  ‘Succession Planning for Emergent Leaders within an Educational Learning Community’.
  • Ashorne Hill Management College, Leamington Spa in partnership with Corus.  Category:  Partnership.  Title of Entry:  ‘Developing the health and safety culture of Corus’ steelmaking and iron making departments through Felt Leadership’. 
  • Coventry Building Society.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  ‘Culture change within our processing centre – from written to verbal complaints resolution’.
  • Swanswell.  Category:  Medium Employer.  Title of Entry:  ‘Alcohol training for drug practitioners to better identify and address alcohol issues amongst drug users’.
  • Alton Towers Resort.   Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  ‘Building the Alton Towers Resort Brand from the inside-out’.
  • PM Training.  Category:  Training Provider.  Title of Entry:  ‘Homeworks Project - improving life chances of local young people’.   
  • Network Rail in partnership with University of Warwick.  Category:  Partnership.  Title of Entry:  ‘Building Leadership capability at Network Rail to change culture and drive performance.’
  • Greyhound Plant Services.  Category:  Medium Employer.  Title of Entry:  ‘Train Gain and Retain’.
  • Birmingham City Council in partnership with Stanton Morris LLP   Category:  Partnership.  Title of Entry:  Birmingham BEST.
  • Staffordshire Police.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  ‘Mobile Data Training’. 
  • Baxter Business & Enterprise College, Kidderminster in partnership with The Stourport High School and Haybridge High School and Sixth Form.
  • Category:  Partnership.   Title of Entry:  ‘Three Schools with a win-win-win philosophy of training’.
  • Bottom Line Improvement Processes Ltd.  Category:  Training Provider.  Title of Entry:  ‘Procurement Training for Public Buyers in Coventry City & Warwickshire County Councils’.
  • Stoke-on-Trent College, Stoke-on-Trent.  Category:  Training Provider.  Title of Entry:   ‘Supporting unemployed adults to find work in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire through Skills4Jobs’.
  • John Payne.  Category:  Individual.  Title of Entry:  ‘From no hope, abuse and prison to growth’.

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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