Posted on 22/08/19

Princess Royal Training Award

We are extremely happy to announce that we have been awarded with a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award!

On 15th August (Princess Anne’s birthday), 47 programmes across 44 organisations were recognised for their achievements in learning and development.  Established by global skills development body City & Guilds Group and now in their fourth year, the PRTAs recognise employers with outstanding training and development programmes that have had a direct impact on business performance. 

Organisations that met the standard in 2019 range from global firms IBM, GSK and Veolia, to local businesses with fewer than 50 employees.  Walker Construction is one of just 5 construction firms represented this year, and the only organisation in Kent to have received the award in 2019.

Following a rigorous assessment process including a visit to our training office, Walker Construction’s mental health first aid course and bespoke mental health ‘toolbox talk’ will receive the award at a ceremony at St James’ Palace from HRH The Princess Royal.

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group said, “We were thrilled with the quality and variety of entries this year. The work that HR and L&D teams do to train, upskill and reskill teams is critical; helping individuals to reach their potential and find meaningful employment, while supporting businesses in developing the skills for success, and ultimately producing the productive workforce we so urgently need. The organisations we recognise today all provide compelling evidence that tangibly proves the value that comes from investing in people.”

City & Guilds stated that “there was a noticeable trend for organisations such as BAE Systems and Walker Construction to take a more holistic view of employee well-being and offer ‘preventative’ learning and development - focusing on issues of mental health and its impact not only within the workplace but as a ‘whole life’ problem.”

Chris Jones continued, “It is hugely encouraging to see businesses prioritising skills development in areas where we are seeing the most pressing skills gaps – such as leadership. In a period of increasing uncertainty, we need organisations who are willing to go the extra mile in developing talent fit for the future. We look forward to celebrating and sharing the inspirational work of all the PRTA winners who have so unequivocally demonstrated measurable results from their training.”

Previous winners have reported a number of benefits arising from the awards, including increased investment into training programmes, improved recruitment and retention, and getting HR and L&D a place at the table when it comes to business strategy.

The training team are thrilled to have been recognised and look forward to meeting fellow recipients at the awards ceremony, as well as continuing to develop the programme and designing new initiatives.