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UK Skills praise finalists for “commitment to training”

Success stories of training and development from the education sector will be celebrated at the finals of the National Training Awards in December.

207 organisations and individuals will attend a series of award ceremonies throughout the UK in October and November, with 23 reaching the gala ceremony in London.

The finalists were chosen for providing training which has enabled them to improve customer service, help young people find employment, diversify businesses, upskill managers and supervisors and introduce new products.

UK Skills, which manages the awards on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), named three finalists from the FE sector: David Joseph Morrisroe, from Stoke-on-Trent College, Margaret Stott, from Aberdeen College and Paul Irving, Ulverston, from Furness College.

Dene Magna School and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council were announced in the Training involving Schools category. Aberdeen College in partnership with Aberdeen Foyer, Baxter College, Burnley College, Great Yarmouth College and Sussex Downs College were just a few listed for Training involving Colleges.

Gateshead Council, London South Bank University (Building Services Department) and the University of Nottingham were among others in the Training involving Universities category.

UK Skills” Chief Executive, Jacqui Henderson, said: “Many finalists have seen business productivity boosted and staff turnover reduced. Others have improved customer satisfaction and enhanced their reputation”.

“I would challenge other organisations in the sector to make training a priority like these finalists have done. The UK needs business and services to be ahead of the fast-paced changes we”re seeing in technology and in global markets”, she added.

“The UK economy needs people who are committed to training as much now as it did when the National Training Awards began twenty years ago. Training methods may have changed in that time but the need for training has not”.

Annabel Hardy.

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