Back in August, we shared the news that we were awarded one of just 48 Princess Royal Training Awards for 2018, in recognition of ‘Open Street’ – our new training school in Bradford. On Wednesday 31st October, Mark Rainbow from the Learning and Development team (pictured) was at St. James’ Palace to collect the award from HRH The Princess Royal.
The facility, which was opened by the Chancellor Philip Hammond back in March, is a purpose-built replica of a typical British street with a mini exchange, houses, businesses, curbs, poles, cabinets and underground chambers. It gives our engineers the opportunity to do real-life training without affecting the live network and it’s been a resounding success, acting as a catalyst for our greatly increased employee engagement scores and inspection reports calling the training ‘sector leading’.
The Princess Royal Training Awards recognises employers that have created a lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance. The judges for the award are all figures from business and the learning and development community, as well as HRH The Princess Royal, who is the President of the City & Guilds Group.