Prestigious award given to Wakefield Council

02 December 2016

Wakefield Council is the first local authority to be recognised in the Princess Royal Training Awards, delivered by the City and Guilds Group.

The Council was commended for its commitment to training and skills development by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

The local authority was one of 34 organisations honoured for creating lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance.

Helen Grantham, Assistant Chief Executive Organisational Development, at Wakefield Council, who received the award said: "Having effective training in place supports our overall goal which is to deliver excellent services to residents of our district. I am very proud we are the first local authority to be recognised in this way."

Each of the 110 applications was assessed against three Hallmarks of Excellence and the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, which comprised HRH The Princess Royal and ten leading figures in the business and learning & development community.

City & Guilds Group Chief Executive, Chris Jones added:

"All of the successful organisations deserve enormous praise. 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."