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North West Winners

North West celebrates the best in Training

Region’s companies and individuals honoured at annual National Training Awards

Companies and individuals in the North West 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 North West were: 

·         Tony Norbury, Wirral, Chester

·         Cumbria Constabulary, Penrith, Cumbria

·         Bolton Lads & Girls Club, Bolton, Greater Manchester

·         The Bank of New York Mellon, Manchester in partnership with Skills Solutions

·         Blackpool and The Fylde College, Blackpool, Lancashire

 

BBC North West Tonight presenter Ranvir Singh 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.

 

Sponsored by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), the following regional awards were also presented at the ceremony, held at Palace Hotel, Manchester:
 

·         Daniel Young, Warrington, Cheshire

·         Stephen Knowles, Bolton, Greater Manchester

·         Co-operative Financial Services, Manchester

·         Leighs Paints, Bolton, Greater Manchester

·         Highways Agency – Traffic Learning Centre, Bristol, Avon

·         Roy Hankinson Limited, Birkenhead, Manchester

·         Wirral Council – Children & Young People’s Department, Wirral, in partnership with Equipe Training, Merseyside.

·         Lancashire Constabulary, Preston in partnership with University of Central Lancashire

·         Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston in partnership with Runshaw College

·         Telefonica 02, Runcorn, Cheshire in partnership with Blue Sky Performance Improvement

·         Lighthouse Project, Bootle, Merseyside

·         Rubicon Developments Ltd, Glossop, Derbyshire

·         Grimwood & Dix Ltd, Dunkinfield, Cheshire

Congratulating all winners, Ranvir Singh said:  “This year’s recipients in the North West 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 North West on the map.”

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

 

Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive, Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s Northwest winners, who have shown a keen desire to succeed. Skills are the backbone to the continued growth of England’s Northwest and essential for a healthy economy.

 

“The NWDA continues work alongside partners to grow educational infrastructure within the region, making it simpler for individuals and businesses to invest in skills development.”

 

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

Ends

 

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 0207 429 2827 / 07732567314.
 

Entry Details:

·         Daniel Young.  Category:  Individual. Title of Entry:  For achievement of the Business Administration Apprenticeship whilst working as a volunteer for the YMCA.

·         Stephen Knowles.  Category:  Individual.  Title of Entry:  From Bakery Operative to Training Officer My Journey

·         Tony Norbury.  Category:  Individual.  Title of Entry:   Steering the taxi and private hire trade on a learning and development journey.

·         Co-operative Financial Services.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  The Co-operative re-brand “Good with Money” employee engagement interactive learning programme

·         Leighs Paints.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  Family business Leighs Paints has turned its fortunes around through Team Enterprise and Continuous Improvement

·         Highways Agency – Traffic Learning Centre.  Category:   Large Employer.  Title of Entry:    How the North West was won –Team Manager Development Programme.

·         Cumbria Constabulary.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  Grow your own Detectives.

·         Roy Hankinson Ltd.  Category:  Medium employer.  Title of Entry:  Operatives training and development paints a rosy picture for future growth.

·         Grimwood & Dix ltd. Category:  Medium Employer.  Title of Entry:   Electrotechnical Certification Scheme.

·         Bolton Lads & Girls Club.  Category:  Medium Employer.  Title of Entry:      Developing Mentoring skills through training for community volunteers working with hard to reach young people.

·         Wirral Council – Children & Young People’s Department in partnership with Equipe Training Services.  Category:  Partnership.  Title of Entry:   Preparing for Litigation – a proactive approach supporting learners attending legal forums and raising performance.

·         Lancashire Constabulary in partnership with University of Central Lancashire.  Category:  Partnership.  Title of Entry:   Police pre-qualifications a university partnership saving money increasing accessibility to the service visibility and performance.

·         Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Runshaw College.  Category:  Partnership.  Title of Entry:  ‘Providing students with learning disabilities the opportunity for work familiarisation and development leading to employment.

·         Telefonica 02 in partnership with Blue Sky Performance.  Category:  Partnership.  Title of Entry:   The O2 Sales Academy – Developing outstanding capability in to accelerate business performance.

·         The Bank of New York Mellon in partnership with Skills Solutions Ltd.  Category:  Partnership.  Title of Entry:  Development and delivery of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Investment Administration

·         Lighthouse Project.  Category:  Providing Education and Training.  Title of Entry:   Peer2 Peer – Supporting Drug Users to Educate Each Other in Reducing Harm and Aiding Recovery

·         Blackpool and The Flyde College.  Category:  Providing Education and Training.   Title of Entry:  Blackpool Build Up

·         Rubicon Development Ltd.  Category:  Small Employer.  Title of Entry:  Management training to elevate Warehouse Manager to a Northern Regional Services Manager.

 

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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