City & Guilds Group has today celebrated Sharing in Growth receiving a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award in a virtual Awards Ceremony.

  • HRH The Princess Royal, President of City & Guilds Group, recognises Sharing in Growth for their impactful productivity and competitiveness transformation programme
  • Despite the challenges of Covid, recipients from a wealth of sectors including health and social care, manufacturing, retail and technology all proved the value of investing in L&D to address a wide range of business needs

The Princess Royal Training Awards recognise employers across the United Kingdom who deliver outstanding training and development programmes that have had a direct impact on their people and organisations. 2020 winners demonstrated exceptional commitment to training, learning and development, despite facing unprecedented challenges of Covid-19.

This year applications were made from a wide range of organisations ranging from large multi-nationals through to public sector bodies and small charities. 2020 recipients include household names such as Royal Mail Group, The Co-op, HMRC and IBM and smaller businesses and non-profits including Springhill Hospice, IT agency Netmatters and local radio station Gateway 97.8. Four organisations achieved Awards for two separate programmes: Covance Laboratories Limited; Exponential-e; HMRC and Serco Group.

The award builds on Sharing in Growthu2019s award by SEMTA/Enginuity for the innovation of the Sharing in Growth programme, which has now touched over 10 thousand people across 70 aerospace companies, securing nearly u00a35 billion of contracts attributable to the impact it has had on their competitive capability by focussing on their people. Founded in 2012, the programme is largely funded by The Governmentu2019s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whose independent evaluation recently stated that compared to three control groups, SiG has had a significant impact on the beneficiariesu2019 turnover and employment.

Kirstie Donnelly MBE, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group commented:

This year organisations have faced challenges like no other but we have continued to receive high quality applications showing the value that employers are still placing on training their employees.

It is a credit to all of this years’ 2019 recipients that they are continuing to invest in training and development opportunities during a global pandemic, and we are delighted to celebrate their innovative and impactful approaches through the Princess Royal Training Awards.

Organisations can apply for an Award with any kind of training, learning or development initiative that is being used to address a business challenge as long as they are able to evidence increased business impact as a result. In 2020 applications focused on a wide range of challenges including using training to reinvigorate apprenticeship programmes, initiating organisation-wide culture changes and re-skilling employees to fill sector skills shortages.

Andy Page, Chief Executive of Sharing in Growth UK Ltd said:

This a great honour for the SiG team to be recognised by HRH The Princess Royal for excellence and impact. High value manufacturing is hugely rewarding to people employed within it and brings strength to the local and national economy. I look forward to our team being part of the post-Covid recovery by focussing on the development of these people and the organisations within which they work.