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 these 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 this inaugural year.

The Commission comprised of ten leading figures in the business and learning & development community, as well as HRH The Princess Royal.

A&G were assessed against three ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’ by the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission.

This Award recognises A&G achievements in training, as well their commitment to pioneering skills development.

A&G demonstrated how training and skills development makes a significant impact on their productivity and business success.

Representatives of A&G will receive their Award at 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 were:

·         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