Major UK businesses including a women’s refuge in Wolverhampton and a hospice in Christchurch, are celebrating after being commended for their commitment to training and skills excellence by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at a ceremony at St James’s Palace in London last week.
Recipients include the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital, which provides hospice care to patients with cancer and other terminal conditions and has achieved a 700% increase in volunteer numbers since implementing a formal development programme, and the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, which in less than two years increased gender diversity amongst senior staff by 8% following the launch of a Women into Leadership scheme.
The list of awardees from around the UK includes public and private businesses of all sizes, from areas including hospitality, healthcare, finance and manufacturing. The recipients have been praised for introducing innovative training schemes to address challenges including:
- Christie’s Care – a care organisation based in Saxmundham which is overhauling industry standard training, by replacing it with a programme focused on a person-centred approach
- Macmillan Caring Locally – a local charity based in Christchurch which needed to respond to increased referrals and services at palliative care unit, and done this by training volunteers to support the staff providing end-of-life care to patients
- The Haven Wolverhampton which runs a successful mentoring programme delivered by volunteers who have previously experienced domestic abuse themselves
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. In total 116 applications were submitted in 2017. Shortlisted applications are assessed against three Hallmarks of Excellence by the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, which is comprised of HRH The Princess Royal and seven leading figures in the business and training community.
Speaking about the Awards, Pat Stringfellow MBE HonFCGI, Chair of The Princess Royal Training Awards Commissioning Panel said: ‘This years’ organisations demonstrate the inspiring and impactful training that’s taking place across the UK today. The Commission is delighted to be able to honour their achievements through the Princess Royal Training Awards. I hope this years’ winners inspire other organisations to apply for the Awards next year and share their experiences.’