Itsu and Greene King champion worker development programmes

City & Guilds Group has released the names of six UK hospitality businesses commended by the 2018 Princess Royal Training Awards.

Restaurant chain Itsu, caterer Bartlett Mitchell and pub group Greene King are among those to receive the accolade, along with Apprenticeships in Hospitality Scotland and The Master Innholders.

From e-learning to health and wellbeing programmes, each of the recipients has displayed a unique dedication to developing their workforce.

Leaders at restaurant chain Itsu created their own fish-cutting qualification, streamlining the business and boosting internal promotions, while Greene King has been awarded for achieving its pledge to train 10,000 apprentices through its in-house apprenticeship programme.

The full list of recipients includes public and private sector businesses of all sizes, from areas including hospitality, retail, banking and financial services, education, manufacturing, not for profit, and healthcare.

The award recipients, who were all subject to a rigorous assessment process, will receive their honours from HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony in October.

Chris Jones, chief executive of the City & Guilds Group, said the finalists show that there are clear benefits for companies that invest in staff development.

“At a time of increasing economic uncertainty and reduced investment into workforce development it is great to see critical business issues being addressed through impactful L&D. Through the awards we highlight excellent examples of training that have already proved to be effective and we encourage others to build on their success.”

The Princess Royal Training Awards, delivered by the City & Guilds Group, are now in their third year.

Each of the 90 applications were assessed against three Hallmarks of Excellence by the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, which comprised of HRH The Princess Royal and seven leading figures in the business and training community.

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