We are celebrating after being commended for our commitment to training and skills development by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at a ceremony at St James’s Palace in London.
The business was one of 34 organisations honoured with a new training award – the Princess Royal Training Award – for excellence in delivering skills for business performance. The winners, including car manufacturers, healthcare organisations and charities, all demonstrated that training can make a significant impact on productivity and business success.
The judges were impressed by BAE Systems’ award winning Apprenticeship programme, which has maintained consistently outstanding levels of quality throughout the Company’s UK business. The judges recognised that apprentices are a key element of BAE Systems’ talent pipeline and are given exceptional enrichment activities ranging from Outward Bound to an Apprentice Innovation Challenge which leads to high satisfaction levels in surveys. BAE Systems is also helping to support young unemployed people by offering work experience places under the Prince’s Trust ‘Movement to Work’ programme which has led to some full time roles. The judges also commended the Company’s leadership in the engineering sector by its development of new standards for engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships.
Commenting on the award, BAE Systems’ Managing Director Shared Services, Steve Fogg said: “I am delighted that our dedication to training and development has been recognised in this way. At BAE Systems, we are committed to offering the very best training and career development opportunities for our people. This is not only good for them but is vital to the success of the business.”
The Princess Royal Training Awards were delivered for the first time this year by the City & Guilds Group. 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.’
The awards are open for pre-registration at www.princessroyaltrainingawards.com/register and applications will be accepted from 3 January 2017.