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South West businesses celebrated at prestigious training awards 10th anniversary

Published: January 30, 2017

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  • Eden Project scoops two awards
  • Pendennis Shipyard Ltd wins the Outstanding Commitment to Training Large
  • 10th anniversary award won by Fit N Fun Kids


The most distinguished companies in the South West have celebrated the incredible training achievements of individuals and businesses at an inspiring and glittering awards ceremony.


The Excellence in Business Training Awards 2017, hosted by CCB (Cornwall College Business), saw more than 190 people gather at The Headland in Newquay to recognise exceptional training and development in organisations across the region.


This year saw Eden Project proudly accept the Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships Medium/Large (51+ employees) Award as well as the Training Programme of the Year Award.


Suzi Chamberland, Devon Chamber of Commerce who judged the Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships Medium/Large (51+ employees) said: “The Eden Project excels in its commitment to apprenticeships not just because of the sheer volume of apprentices they recruit but also the variety available. It’s remarkable how their commitment has changed the internal culture of the organisation and has boosted the various departments changing the outlook of other employees.”


Sponsored by Pirate FM and with media support from Business Cornwall, the awards had a number of emotional moments as individuals explained how much of an impact giving opportunities to young people had on their lives.


Further winners included Truro Tractors, which won the Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships Small (1-50 employees).


Judged by Dawn James, Business Education Manager, Cornwall Care, she said Truro Tractors is “driven to take on Apprentices due to a perceived knowledge and skills gap in their area”.

“They showed a long standing commitment to apprenticeships and clearly view this as the ideal way to train and recruit staff. Their apprentices are supported and motivated to develop with a clear commitment to supporting them to continue in their chosen careers long after their apprenticeship is completed.”


Wesley Ashwell from The Globe Restaurant with Room in Fowey won Apprentice of the Year. Mark Peters, Managing Director of Pirate FM who judged the category said: “Wesley made an impressive progression from kitchen porter to having full responsibility for the restaurant and kitchen during the busiest day of the year, Fowey Carnival Day. His input has had a tangible and measured return on investment to a small business in a very competitive market.”


Pendennis Shipyard Ltd won the Outstanding Commitment to Training Large (150+ employees). Maggie Oxenbury, Concorde Group who judged the award said: “We felt Pendennis had shown, over nearly 20 years, a continued commitment to the training and apprenticeships which in summer of 2016 saw them employ their 200th apprentice. It is testament to both Pendennis and their apprenticeship scheme that 95% of their graduates have remained to take up ongoing employment.”


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