In the press: Royal recognition for UK businesses upskilling their employees

by Aug 15, 20182018 awards, Awards news, In the press

We are happy to announce the names of 48 businesses commended by the 2018 Princess Royal Training Awards. The prestigious Awards honour UK companies including River Island, John Lewis, RBS, the Royal Air Force and GSK for their outstanding training and development programmes, which have directly resulted in commercial success.

From apprenticeship schemes to gamified e-learning to health and wellbeing programmes, each of the recipients has displayed a unique dedication to developing their workforce. For retailer River Island, their training programme for 1,000 managers has transformed the company’s people strategy, while GSK’s acceleration of high performing female staff has increased the number of women in leadership. RBS has been awarded for a customer service scheme that has been completed by 51,000 employees from the CEO down and for the first time, the Royal Air Force has implemented mental resilience training into their renowned Eagles Scheme.

The full list of recipients includes public and private sector businesses of all sizes, from areas including hospitality, banking and financial services, retail, education, manufacturing, not for profit, and healthcare. The Award recipients, who were all subject to a rigorous assessment process, will receive their Awards from HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony in October.

Commenting on this year’s recipients, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group said: ‘Congratulations to all 48 organisations who have achieved the Princess Royal Training Awards standard of excellence this year. Once again, it is evidence of the very real benefits that investing in staff development can bring to employers, large and small, private, public and not for profit. At a time of increasing economic uncertainty and reduced investment into workforce development it is great to see critical business issues being addressed through impactful L&D. Through the Awards we highlight excellent examples of training that have already proved to be effective and we encourage others to build on their success.’

The Princess Royal Training Awards, delivered by the City & Guilds Group, are now in their third year. Each of the 90 applications were assessed against three Hallmarks of Excellence by the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, which comprised of HRH The Princess Royal and seven leading figures in the business and training community.

For the full list of recipients and their training schemes, please see the 2018 recipients page.

Other news stories

Skills Share 2024: a room full of training royalty

On 1 May 2024 we launched our first ever Skills Share event at Guildhall, London. This was a space to network and learn from the 200+ organisations who have successfully achieved a Princess Royal Training Award over the past nine years.

Case study: Prioritising talent to open up opportunities to women at Amey

Case Study: prioritising talent to open up opportunities to womenThis leading infrastructure services and engineering company identified the Women@Amey network to attract and retain women in a male-dominated industry. Amey PlcYear awarded 2023Region LondonSize 1000+...

Red Carnation Hotels: Home-growing future managers through exceptional training opportunities

Case Study: home-growing future managers through exceptional training opportunitiesThis collection of family-run hotels achieved an Award in 2017 and went on to gain a revalidation in 2020. Since then it has further developed its Graduate Management programme with 53...

Fifty Shades Greener: using training to benefit people and the planet

Case Study: using training to benefit people and the planetThis small company which educates organisations on how to reduce their carbon footprint through changing their behaviours showcases its own commitment to learning through its tailored employee induction...

Celebrating the very best training and development programmes in the UK and Ireland

Last week, 53 recipients from the UK and Ireland were warmly welcomed to St James’s Palace, in London, to receive their Princess Royal Training Award from Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal. Now in their eighth year, the Princess Royal Training Awards were set up...

Celebrating the impact of learning and development

At the heart of City & Guilds is our purpose which has skills development deep rooted in it. And through the Foundation one of our jobs is to celebrate where really great skills development is happening, and an example of how we do that is our Princess Royal Training Award programme.

Princess Royal Training Awards 2023 Recipients: in the press

Here is a roundup of the media coverage following the announcement of the 2023 Princess Royal Training Awards recipients. National news FE News:...

53 Princess Royal Training Awards across UK and Ireland for achieving positive impact through skills development

HRH The Princess Royal, President of the City and Guilds of London Institute, has approved 53 Awards to a range of organisations across the UK and Ireland, for their outstanding training and skills development programmes, all of which have shown a significant positive...

Belfast Met: The Ripple Effect of receiving a Princess Royal Training Award

Rebecca Roberts shares how achieving an award helped move Health and Wellbeing higher up Belfast Met’s agenda.

1 Comment

  1. Russ Haines

    Delighted to see the Defence Sector represented here and particularly to the Royal Air Force (RAF) who are celebrating their Centenary. Mental resilience is something of which the Armed Forces are renowned for but it doesn’t happen by accident – the quality of the training they receive is extremely good and it is great to see this being recognised externally.

    Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Royal recognition for Bartlett Mitchell - FMJ - […] 48 award recipients, who were all subject to a rigorous assessment process, will receive their Awards from HRH The…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

Case study: Prioritising talent to open up opportunities to women at Amey

Case Study: prioritising talent to open up opportunities to womenThis leading infrastructure services and engineering company identified the Women@Amey network to attract and retain women in a male-dominated industry. Amey PlcYear awarded 2023Region LondonSize 1000+...

Red Carnation Hotels: Home-growing future managers through exceptional training opportunities

Case Study: home-growing future managers through exceptional training opportunitiesThis collection of family-run hotels achieved an Award in 2017 and went on to gain a revalidation in 2020. Since then it has further developed its Graduate Management programme with 53...

Fifty Shades Greener: using training to benefit people and the planet

Case Study: using training to benefit people and the planetThis small company which educates organisations on how to reduce their carbon footprint through changing their behaviours showcases its own commitment to learning through its tailored employee induction...

Celebrating the very best training and development programmes in the UK and Ireland

Last week, 53 recipients from the UK and Ireland were warmly welcomed to St James’s Palace, in London, to receive their Princess Royal Training Award from Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal. Now in their eighth year, the Princess Royal Training Awards were set up...

Celebrating the impact of learning and development

At the heart of City & Guilds is our purpose which has skills development deep rooted in it. And through the Foundation one of our jobs is to celebrate where really great skills development is happening, and an example of how we do that is our Princess Royal Training Award programme.

Princess Royal Training Awards 2023 Recipients: in the press

Here is a roundup of the media coverage following the announcement of the 2023 Princess Royal Training Awards recipients. National news FE News:...

53 Princess Royal Training Awards across UK and Ireland for achieving positive impact through skills development

HRH The Princess Royal, President of the City and Guilds of London Institute, has approved 53 Awards to a range of organisations across the UK and Ireland, for their outstanding training and skills development programmes, all of which have shown a significant positive...

Belfast Met: The Ripple Effect of receiving a Princess Royal Training Award

Rebecca Roberts shares how achieving an award helped move Health and Wellbeing higher up Belfast Met’s agenda.

Macmillan Local Caring: The Ripple Effect of receiving a Princess Royal Training Award

Mandy Preece created a volunteer training programme for Macmillan Caring Locally to upskill their volunteers in communication skills and provide end of life support.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This