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Trends towards computer-based training, and growing maturity among suppliers in this field, were highlighted by the Institute of IT Training at its annual awards dinner last week, when NETg was named IT training company of the year.

"We are increasingly seeing a trend towards integrating technology-based training with traditional classroom training to tailor solutions to specific client needs," Nick Mitchell, the institute's chief executive, told the 400-strong audience at the Dorchester hotel in London.

"In the past year NETg has moved its business culture to become client focused, ensuring it works with clients to the benefit of their business goals, rather than just being another IT training product supplier."

Mitchell added, "There was very strong competition for this award and it is highly significant that in this millennium year the accolade went to a technology-based training provider."

NETg won the award for best online course as well.

Technology also featured in the training project of the year. This award went to Informatics CTEC for its work on the introduction of a business system at the Highways Agency.

There was a surprise in the award for trainer of the year, which, unusually, went to someone in a user organisation rather than a training company.

Melanie Mawdsley from desktop training services at the AA was praised as "an extremely inspiring and thought-provoking trainer who goes to great lengths to ensure that her trainees fully understand and are totally involved with their training".

Mawdsley's first act after collecting her award was to thank Adrian Collett, a trainer at the institute, who had taught her the art of professional training.

Other awards went to Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust for internal training department of the year, News International Newspapers for internal project of the year, Scarlet Training for live course of the year, Herbert Smith for international project, and Scottish Power Learning for education contribution.



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