The City & Guilds Group

Recipients of the first Princess Royal Training Awards announced

Press Release   •   Aug 15, 2016 13:06 GMT

Some 34 businesses ranging from prestigious car manufacturers, through healthcare organisations, to animal charities are to receive a Princess Royal Training Award in recognition of their outstanding training and skills development programmes.

The City & Guilds Group launched the Awards in January 2016. They were developed in conjunction with employers, learning and development experts and assessors, and endorsed by the City & Guilds Group’s President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. In total, 110 organisations applied for the Awards in their inaugural year.

The Awards reflect the Group’s history of recognising achievement in training, as well its commitment to pioneering skills development. The successful organisations all demonstrated that training and skills development can make a significant impact on productivity and business success.

Each application was assessed against three ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’ by the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission. The Commission comprised ten leading figures in the business and learning & development community, as well as HRH The Princess Royal.

All of the recipients will be invited to attend a prestigious awards ceremony at St James’s Palace on 24 November 2016.

Speaking about the winners, City & Guilds Group Chief Executive, Chris Jones said:

‘Excellence doesn’t happen by chance. In today’s uncertain economy, more than ever, employers must align investment in training to the objectives of their business. Whether they’ve addressed a skills gap, improved productivity or developed new leaders to grow their businesses, the awarded organisations deserve to be recognised for their achievements.’

The successful organisations are:

  • A&G Precision and Sons Ltd
  • Asda Stores Ltd
  • Babcock International Group
  • BAE Systems plc
  • Bentley Motors Limited
  • Bernicia Group
  • Caring Homes Group
  • Dale Power Solutions Ltd
  • ISS UK Ltd
  • East of England Co-operative
  • EE*
  • Fujitsu
  • Ginsters Van Sales Company
  • Green Lighting Ltd
  • Hilti GB Limited
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • IBM UK Ltd
  • J. Murphy & Sons Limited
  • Kainos Software Ltd
  • Mercedes-Benz UK
  • National Grid
  • National Museums Northern Ireland
  • National Star College
  • Queensmill School
  • Ricoh UK
  • Starbucks Coffee Company UK
  • The Donkey Sanctuary
  • Thomas Cook UK
  • Transport for London
  • TUI Group
  • Unipart Group
  • University of York
  • Wakefield Council

*EE was awarded for two entries

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Notes to the editor

About the Princess Royal Training Awards:

The Princess Royal Training Awards is a new honour for employers in the UK who have created outstanding training and skills development programmes which have resulted in exceptional commercial benefits.

The awards are supported by The City & Guilds Group President, HRH The Princess Royal, who is an active advocate for skills development.

Applications were assessed against three Hallmarks of Excellence:

1. Training and learning and development is integral to business performance

2. The programme is delivered efficiently and effectively

3. The programme has an impact on the success of the organisation and its people

To find out more about the awarded organisations go to www.princessroyaltrainingawards/awards2016

About the City & Guilds Group

  • The City & Guilds Group is a leader in global skills development. Its purpose is to enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth.
  • Backed by a Royal Charter, the City & Guilds Group has over 135 years’ experience in making sure that people are prepared to contribute to successful businesses and thriving economies.
  • The City & Guilds Group partners with more than 200 companies to develop the skilled workforces that they need, and invests in learning technologies to help people learn whenever and wherever they can.
  • The City & Guilds Group is made up of City & Guilds, ILM, Kineo, The Oxford Group and Digitalme:
    • City & Guilds develops programmes of learning, learning technology, certification and assessment, to support colleges, training providers and governments.
    • ILM helps individuals, education providers and businesses improve the standards of leadership and management through qualifications and accredited training. ILM awards qualifications to over 95,000 managers across the world every year.
    • Kineo is a global workplace learning company. It offers a fresh approach to elearning management systems, apprenticeships and managed learning services.
    • The Oxford Group provides bespoke management training, leadership development and executive coaching to the world's leading companies.
    • Digitalme designs credentials, using open badges, to recognise individuals’ skills and talent. It works with employers, training providers and over 2,000 schools across the UK.
  • Combined, the City & Guilds Group operates in over 100 countries, through 10,000 training centres, delivering qualifications in 26 different industries.
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