Celebrating success as achievement awards

Published on Monday 22 June 2009 17:08

LEARNERS, businesses, learndirect centres and support staff across Northumberland are celebrating their successes after winning awards at the North East learndirect Achievement Awards Ceremony.

CEP Associates, from Ashington, won the Working with Employers Award, sponsored by One North East, which recognises learning centres that work with local businesses using Train to Gain or other methods, resulting in benefits for the businesses they support.

During the past year, CEP Associates has developed and maintained links with employers who have a diverse range of needs. CEP has used a wide variety of learndirect courses to provide training for employers, completing research with every employer to identify their exact requirements. One employer won a recent contract because staff had the right skills to complete the online process, thanks to the ICT training delivered by
CEP Associates.

On winning the award, Derek Seely from CEP Associates said: "We have a really flexible approach to working with businesses, and our commitment to their learning experience means that their success is our success too."

The learndirect Achievement Awards, now in their third year, celebrate learners and businesses who are going that extra mile to learn new skills and improve their qualifications, as well as the people and centres supporting them.

The Awards recognise people from all walks of life, like learners who have overcome personal difficulties or have returned to learning after many years, and businesses working with learndirect to train their workforce.

CEP Associates will now represent the North East at the National Awards Ceremony in London in October.

Also recognised at the North East regional learndirect Achievement Awards ceremony were Alison Burton from Bedlington; Signet Secretarial from Ashington; and the Port of Blyth, who were all Highly Commended in their respective categories.

Alison Burton, from Bedlington, was Highly Commended in the Skills for Work Award category, sponsored by Jobcentre Plus, which recognises learners who have undertaken learndirect learning in order to return to work, as well as those employed learners who have been supported by their employer to undertake learndirect learning, resulting in development of their career or benefits to the business.

Signet Secretarial, from Ashington, and the Port of Blyth were both Highly Commended in the Small/Medium sized Company Award category, sponsored by Irwin Mitchell, which recognises businesses that have supported staff with learndirect training, recognising the part that learndirect can play in supporting business goals.

Sally McMahon, Ufi North East regional performance director said: "The winners and Highly Commended finalists in the north east have shown exceptional determination, and have gone that extra mile to learn new skills and improve their qualifications or support others in doing the same; as well as encouraging their staff to learn new skills and improve their qualifications.

"The winners and highly commended finalists from Northumberland are an inspiration to millions of learners, support staff and businesses across England, and truly deserve recognition.