Training and development applauded at parliament buildings

Northern Ireland’s leading workforce trainers were recognised for their excellence at this year’s National Training Awards.

At a prestigious ceremony held in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings Advice NI, Action Cancer, Schrader Electronics and Praxis Care received their awards from Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry in front of an audience of business leaders and private and public sector representatives.

Speaking at the ceremony, which was hosted by local presenter and broadcaster Claire McCollum, the Minister said: “Northern Ireland has a long tradition of excellence at the National Training Awards, and once more our organisations and individuals have demonstrated great vision and innovation in addressing workforce development. Tonight’s winners have shown a commitment to raising individual and collective skills levels which will stand them in great stead in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

“The vision outlined in my Department’s Skills Strategy is for a dynamic and innovative economy, driven by a highly-skilled and well managed workforce.  For this vision to be realised, we must create a culture of learning and development which is tailored to the needs of employers and will drive our economy forward.”

The 2011 Northern Ireland National Training Award winning organisations were:

  • Small Employer category – Advice NI
  • Medium Employer category – Action Cancer
  • Large Employer category – Schrader Electronics Ltd
  • Macro Employer category – Praxis Care

If your organisation is an accredited Investor in People and has shown a commitment to training and development which has resulted in outstanding organisational benefits directly linked to this then why not consider entering the 2012 Awards?

Winning a National Training Award can directly impact on an organisation’s bottom line. One in five recent winners said they have seen an increase in the number of contracts secured following their Award win, whilst one in three stated their organisation had become more efficient.

Further information on entering the 2012 Awards can be obtained from Peter Hodgett, Department for Employment and Learning, Tel 028 9025 7474 or email external link

NTA winners 2011 with Minister Stephen Farry and event Compere, broadcaster Claire McCollumThe 2011 National Training Award winners pictured at the ceremony in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings. Pictured (L to R) are: Helen Bready, City & Guilds who were event sponsors; Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning; Geraldine Kerr, Medium Category winner Action Cancer; Danny Doyle, Macro Employer winner Praxis Care; Bob Stronge, Small Employer category winner Advice NI; Paul Gardner, Large Employer category winner Schrader Electronics Ltd and local presenter and broadcaster Claire McCollum, event Compere.

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