Alumni

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HRH The Princess Royal visits Xtrac Academy

HRH The Princess Royal visits Xtrac Academy

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal’s visit to meet recipients of her eponymous Princess Royal Training Award, assessed by City & Guilds she serves as president, was accommodated by the motorsport & automotive transmission technology specialist Xtrac at its global headquarters in Thatcham, in the Royal County of Berkshire, on Wednesday 11 May 2022.   The visit followed the presentation of the 2021 award to 46 businesses at a special ceremony on Thursday 28 April, at the...

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HRH The Princess Royal visits The Thames Skills Academy

HRH The Princess Royal visits The Thames Skills Academy

HRH The Princess Royal met members of The Thames Skills Academy (TSA) on 10 May, in a visit showcasing pioneering work to improve safety skills for everyone working on and beside the river. At the end of her tour at Butler’s Wharf, led by TSA’s CEO Katherine Riggs and board member Chris Livett, Her Royal Highness commented how impressed she has been at how much the organisation has achieved since it was created five years ago. Katherine Riggs said: “The Princess was extremely interested to...

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Co-op Levy Share: working together to fund thousands of apprenticeships

On Tuesday 5 April, City & Guilds Foundation held an event in partnership with The Co-op discussing how large organisations with unspent apprenticeship levy can share funds with smaller businesses in need as part of their Levy Share initiative. Aimed at businesses who may have a large enough levy pot to share, but also businesses who may not have enough levy for their own apprenticeship ambitions, the event provided advice on how to access levy funds and use them to realise apprenticeship...

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The impact of investing in learning and development

The impact of investing in learning and development

The Princess Royal Training Awards are one of the flagship Awards and Recognition programme of the City & Guilds Foundation. They are all about celebrating best practice. We are delighted that we received 97 applications in 2021. Of those 97 applications, 49 have progressed to the second stage of assessment, the Application Review Process (virtual visits with an Assessor and a City & Guilds Ambassador). We recently asked our Princess Royal Training Award alumni what they thought the...

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The real impact of the pandemic on young people

The real impact of the pandemic on young people

Snow-Camp are the UK’s only charity using a combination of snowsports, life-skills training and mental wellbeing support to help young people from inner-city communities. Working at the indoor snow centres in London, the North West, the Midlands and Scotland, we also provide qualifications, work experience and volunteering opportunities to those who would never normally get the chance to access the snowsports industry. In 2019, HRH Princess Anne awarded us with a Princess Royal Training Award...

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Breaking leadership barriers for women

Breaking leadership barriers for women

Sharing best practice Members of the Princess Royal Training Awards Alumni network have access to a wide range of benefits including opportunities to network with over 200 forward thinking UK-based organisations and the chance to attend many diverse events and development opportunities. One such virtual event took place on the 3 December when Sue Gammons, former Coaching Director at GSK, presented to 25 Alumni members on how creating a systemic approach to address gender balance led GSK to...

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New Year’s Honours: extraordinary people in our network

New Year’s Honours: extraordinary people in our network

It was great to see so many individuals in the further education and skills development sectors in the New Year's Honours lists! Even better was to see some of the leaders of the organisations we work with being recognised. Congratulations to Peter Taylor, City & Guilds of London Institute Fellow, Member of Council and Princess Royal Training Awards alumnus. Peter was awarded an MBE for services to the jewellery and silversmithing industry. Peter has a long standing relationship with City...

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Interview with… Damien McKnight

Interview with… Damien McKnight

‘Michael!  We haven’t had our letter, were we successful?’  Deep intake of breath… this is the call you don’t want to take. ‘We didn’t did we? And I know why - too soon and not enough evidence!’    And from that very perceptive response by Damien McKnight, Training Apprenticeship & Development Manager at Dovecote Park evolved two future very successful applications in 2018 and 2020 for recognition through the Princess Royal...

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Virtual coffee: 5 ways to take care of yourself while working from home

Virtual coffee: 5 ways to take care of yourself while working from home

Though working from home is common, it’s a whole different kettle of fish when you’re forced to work remotely. And for some, that kettle of fish is literal. ‘My partner cooked fish for lunch today – very inappropriate as my office area is the kitchen/dining table.’ That confession came from the LinkedIn group for Princess Royal Training Awards Alumni. Alumni members, representing some of the UK’s most prominent companies, shared their tips this week on how to make the most of this unusual...

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