Awards highlight value of training in helping IT to meet business goals

The BCS has highlighted the importance of training to the IT industry with its sponsorship of last month's IT Training Awards, run by the Institute of IT Training.

The BCS has highlighted the importance of training to the IT industry with its sponsorship of last month's IT Training Awards, run by the Institute of IT Training.

"As the BCS works towards professionalism, awards such as these rightly rewarded companies that strive towards excellence," said Pete Bayley, BCS director of qualifications. "Training is an important part of the wider IT industry and can make a huge contribution to making sure IT supports business goals."

At the awards ceremony two companies - the Training Camp and Thomson Scientific - scooped two gold awards each out of a total 11 categories.

The Training Camp won the gold award for Training Company of the Year for the second year in a row, and for Learning Centre of the Year. The judges praised its "different approach in terms of delivery methodology and product development with a focus on the holistic experience of learning".

Thomson Scientific took home the gold award for its staff development programme, created to help its 2,400-plus global employees understand how its products meet the needs of customers, and to integrate new employees.

Thomson's other award was for Training Department of the Year, after the department transformed itself within a year from dealing with ad hoc enquiries to supporting the global business.

Belfast City Council - Information Services Belfast won the equivalent award for the public sector, after impressing the judges with how the trainers had contextualised generic materials.

Leeds City Council Social Services Department took home the gold award in the Internal Training Project of the Year for training staff to use a new electronic social care recording system. In the equivalent external training category, Xerox came first for a project involving simulation-based e-learning materials.

The E-Learning Project of the Year award went to Priory Group & Information Transfer, which put e-learning at the heart of its corporate learning programme.

Institute of IT Training chief executive, Colin Steed, said, "Recent economic times have been tough for everyone in IT departments, particularly for those working for IT training providers. The quality of the entries has been higher than ever, demonstrating that the industry is pushing forward and creating higher quality, measurable, business-aligned learning solutions.

"No matter what the market conditions, quality and excellence remain key to success in this industry."

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