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Royal recognition for South West businesses that put employee development first

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 06 November 2017 9:24

Royal recognition for South West businesses that put employee development first

A number of employers from across the South West are celebrating after being commended for their commitment to training and skills development by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at a ceremony at St James’s Palace in London last week (2 November).    

The companies were highly commended for their training programmes, with the region hailed by organisers for setting an example to the rest of the country.

Bristol-based training and apprenticeship specialists Lifetime Training impressed judges after it overhauled its programme for trainers and assessors following high staff turnover in 2014. The new programme, supported by a continuous improvement culture, has led to higher achievement rates, increased contracts with customers and improved quality of service delivery.

Chippenham-based accountancy firm Mander Duffill, received the award in recognition of their investment in school leavers. By offering apprenticeships to combat its ageing workforce, lack of client-facing staff and a competitive marketplace, the company increased client numbers and turnover.

Gloucester-based electrical contracting company Clarkson Evans was recognised for its development of an in-house apprenticeship programme and dedicated facilities to address a national skills shortage. This loyalty has been repaid with 83 per cent of apprentices still working for the business, many of whom are now in senior roles.

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The Princess Royal Training Awards are delivered by the City & Guilds Group to highlight the value of training and employee development and celebrate examples of best practice.

Chris Jones, pictured left, chief executive of the City & Guilds Group, said: “It’s fantastic to celebrate the second annual Princess Royal Training Awards and honour so many businesses from the South West. The businesses in this region set an example for the rest of the country.

“It has never been more important for businesses around Britain to invest in training to boost their productivity, address skills gaps and develop their leaders.

“The successful companies of the future will be those like these winners that prioritise developing their people and giving them the opportunity to learn and grow.

“This is vital for organisations to remain competitive in the global market and to enable them to steer a smooth course through future challenges, from technological change to the rise of the four-generation workforce.”

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