Coming soon - details of how to gain national recognition for your company's commitment to training.
Management Today is pleased to announce the 11th annual National Training Awards. These prestigious Awards, which are sponsored by the Institute of Management, The Times, the CBI and the Institute of Personnel and Development, aim to promote investment by businesses in the training and development of their employees. For it is only by investing in its human capital that the business community can ensure that it has a workforce capable of meeting its future needs. Details of how to enter the Awards will appear in a special six-page section in the April issue of Management Today.
Among the winners of the 1996 Awards were organisations as diverse as BP Chemicals, Saltend; BBC World Service; Tower Colliery; Eurostar (UK); TransCo, Edinburgh; Hedon Salads; and the Scottish-based manufacturer of medical products, E&O. What they all demonstrated, according to one of the judges of the 1996 Awards, was 'the growing partnership between firms and TECS over NVQs, Investors in People and Lifetime Learning'.
Following the tremendous success of last year's Awards, we shall also be publishing the 1997/98 winners in next month's issue, along with case studies describing in detail the training undertaken and the benefits achieved by the individual organisations.
The winners of this year's National Training Awards will be those outstanding organisations that are judged to have undertaken excellent, highly effective training. The employers and individuals involved will have demonstrated to the judges their commitment to training as an ongoing, lifelong process and will have reaped the benefits of more productive, better motivated staff, better communications, improved career progression and, quite simply, better business.
While it will be invaluable for business people to learn from this year's winners, our next issue will also provide more specific information for those companies wishing to take part in the 1998/99 Awards. Perhaps your company has just set up a new initiative or invested an appreciable amount in its people; perhaps you have come up with a particularly novel way to improve your use of or 'upgrade' your human capital. Either way, your organisation should now be thinking about putting itself forward for these Awards.
You will have until June to complete and return your entry form. Between June and September, each entrant will undergo a rigorous judging process that will set it against competitors from all over the UK. So, if your organisation has been investing in its future and its people, here's your chance to get some recognition for it.