A college for people with disabilities and learning difficulties has become the first in the UK to receive a new national training award.

National Star College in Cheltenham was awarded the Princess Royal Training Award for its two-week induction training for staff, which involves a mix of classroom and workplace learning, and a tailored learning plan for each member of staff.

Launched by the City and Guilds Group, the Princess Royal Training awards aim to recognise the positive impact training and skills initiatives can have, and encourage best practice in skills development.

Other recipients of the award include BAE Systems, Starbucks, IMB UK Ltd and Transport for London.

City & Guilds Group chief executive, Chris Jones said: “I hope these awards have shone a light on how important it is for businesses to invest in training to boost their productivity, address skills gaps and develop their leaders.

“This has never mattered more than in today’s uncertain economy. I hope this year’s winners inspire other organisations to share their experiences, and put forward their training and development success stories.”


Featured picture: Dawn Macey-Norris, Head of Continuous Professional Development at National Star, with the Princess Royal


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