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South West Finalists

South West Shines in National Training Awards Final

16 entrants from the region make the shortlist


The National Training Awards (NTA) today, announced the companies and individuals in the South West who have reached the finals of this year’s awards.  In total, 16 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 South West are: 



Sue Searle, Exeter

Mary White, Exeter

Nu-Heat UK Limited, Honiton



Ruth Grant, Newquay

Pendennis Shipyard, Falmouth

Combined Training Centre (Riviera Lodge), Penryn



Merlin Entertainments Group, Poole

Land Registry, Weymouth



National Mobile Windscreens, Bristol

Weston College, Western-Super-Mare



Magnox South Limited, Berkeley

Campden BRI, Chipping Campden

Corinium Care Limited, Stroud

The Fire Service College, Moreton-in–Marsh

Chipping Manor Dental Practice Ltd, Cirencester



Turners Optometrists, Bridgwater


The region’s winners will be revealed at a ceremony held at the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre on Thursday 15th October.


Chair of the South West judging panel, Martin Norman said:  “This year’s finalists have shown a huge commitment to investing in training and continuing to increase their skills or those of their staff despite operating in a difficult economic climate.  It is great to see such a wide range of entries from across the South West in the final.”


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 0207 429 2827 / 07732567314.


Notes to Editors:

Entry Details:

·         Sue Searle.  Category:  Individual. Title of Entry:   From nurse to company director from trainee to trainer.

·         Ruth Grant.  Category: Individual.  Title of Entry:   Environmental Officer Scoops Top Award for her Efforts to Make Cornwall More Sustainable.

·         Mary White.   Category:  Individual.  Title of Entry: From Novice Practice Nurse in the 80s to International Trainer in Twenty Challenging Years 

·         Merlin Entertainments Group.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  A unique training solution to develop new managers in the Attractions Industry.

·         National Mobile Windscreens.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  Training and Development is the clear choice for National Mobile Windscreens!

·         Land Registry.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:   Putting managers back on the map in the Land Registry – Developing Manager Capability Training

·         Pendennis Shipyard.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  Pendennis Apprenticeship Programme.

·         Nu-Heat UK Ltd.  Category:  Medium Employer.  Title of Entry:   Nu-Heat has created and delivers a nationally recognised training programme for heat pump installation.

·         Campden BRI.  Category:  Providing Education and Training.  Title of Entry:  Training of in-store bakery managers and supervisors in technical and practical skills.

·         Corinium Care Limited.  Category:  Providing Education and Training.  Title of Entry:    The inhouse provision of training from the perspective of a live-in care introductory agency.

·         Weston College.  Category:  Providing Education and Training.  Title of Entry:  Fast Track Level 2 Training in Electrical Installation

·         Combined Training Centre (Riviera Lodge).  Category:  Providing Education and Training.  Title of Entry:   Providing fully supported and achievable outcomes for all young people in our area.

·         The Fire Service College.  Category:  Providing Education and Training.  Title of Entry:    HAZARDOUS MATERIALS & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TRAINING

·         Turners Optometrists.  Category:  Small Employer.  Title of Entry:  Providing brilliant Customer Service at Turners Optometrists and going a little MAD

·         Chipping Manor Dental Practice Ltd.  Category:  Small Employer.  Title of Entry:  The successful opening of an NHS Dental Practice through excellent training and development.

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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