IT departments invited to try for skills awards

IT departments, services firms and suppliers have been invited to enter the 2005 National Training Awards by the...

IT departments, services firms and suppliers have been invited to enter the 2005 National Training Awards by the government-backed UK Skills organisation.

The IT and telecoms sector has its own category in the awards. In 2005 the number of entries in this category increased by 36%. UK Skills is now hosting a series of free half-day National Training Awards workshops across the UK, run by training professionals, to help formulate entries.

Graeme Hall, UK Skills' chief executive, said, "The National Training Awards are often viewed as a barometer of the UK's changing attitudes to training. Last year we had more than 1,000 entrants and 300 winners from 23 industry areas across the UK. These impressive figures show that more and more employers are recognising training as a vital part of business development and benefiting from the direct bottom-line boost that it brings.

Last year, HSBC and Team IT Training, based in London, won a Greater London Training Award for a programme that changed the e-mail habits of 1,650 head office staff with a series of 90 minute best practice seminars. It reduced the time spent e-mailing, the amount of irrelevant copying in and the resulting stress to employees.

Also last year, Tanya Sparrow won the individual IT award after developing her career from a cleaner to a qualified IT trainer working in systems analysis for Computeach International.

More information:

www.nationaltrainingawards.com

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