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South West Winners

South West celebrates the best in Training

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


Companies and individuals in the South 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 South West were:


·         Mary White, Exeter, Devon

·         Pendennis Shipyard, Falmouth, Cornwall

·         Nu-Heat UK ltd, Honiton, Devon

·         The Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

·         Chipping Manor Dental Practice Ltd, Cirencester, Gloucestershire


ITV News presenter Steve Scott 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 Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre:


·         Sue Searle, Exeter, Devon

·         Ruth Grant, Newquay, Cornwall

·         National Mobile Windscreens, Bristol, Avon

·         Magnox South Limited, Berkeley, Gloucestershire

·         Land Registry, Weymouth, Dorset

·         Corinium Care Limited, Stroud, Gloucestershire

·         Weston College, Western-Super-Mare, Avon

·         Combined Training Centre (Riviera Lodge), Penryn, Cornwall


 Congratulating all winners, Steve Scott said:  “This year’s recipients in the South 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 South West on the map.”


Simon Bartley, Chief Executive of UK Skills which manages the National Training Awards said:  “The winners in the South 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.  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 Sunderland, Fresh PR – Sutherland.matthew@yahoo.co.uk  01872 262 977

Kate Moloughney, UK Skills kate.moloughney@ukskills.org.uk 0207 429 2827 / 07732567314


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 

·         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.

·         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

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

·         Magnox South Limited.  Category:  Large Employer.  Title of Entry:  Self Performance – the Worker/Trainer Programme.


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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