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The Institute of IT Training Awards 2007

The winners of the Institute of IT Training IT Training Awards for 2007 were announced at a gala dinner held at The Dorchester in London last week.

The event, attended by over 450 people, included an address by Carol Lyndon who spoke about her counselling work with the ChildLine charity for children in trouble or danger. The Institute raised a record £15,000 for ChildLine in its annual charity auction, bringing the total raised by the Institute for the charity to £100,000.

The award of Training Company of the Year was won by The Training Camp - the first time a training company has won the award twice in succession. The Training Camp also won the Learning Centre of the Year award.

Another company scooping two awards was Thomson Scientific, whose global learning and development team won Training Department of the Year and Staff Development Programme of the Year.

The new award category, recognising best practice in the public sector, was won by Belfast City Council's Information Services Belfast team.

Tracy Fell Smith, an IT trainer with BUPA Care Services, won the Trainer of the Year award and the e-Learning Project of the Year award was won by Priory Group & Information Transfer. Sarah Barnard collected the Freelance Trainer of the Year award.

The training team from Leeds City Council, Social Services Department the Internal Training Project of the Year award and DACG & Xerox took the External Training Project of the Year.

The training manager of NRG Benelux, Christian Jannsens, was presented with the Training Manager of the Year.

Donald Taylor won the Colin Corder Award for outstanding contribution to the IT training industry.

Institute chief executive Colin Steed, addressing the audience at the awards ceremony, said: "The annual IT Training Awards honour those individuals and organisations who really shone in the past year and we are here to celebrate their achievements tonight.

"We must not underestimate the importance of giving national recognition to the skills and achievements that are driving best practice in our industry. Such initiatives are representative of a sector that is fast maturing to accomplish specific, relevant business results through the appropriate use of standards-driven IT training and development.

"The solutions and projects detailed in the award entries are enabling organisations throughout the country to deliver knowledge and learning faster and more efficiently - some in ways that were not possible before.

"Recent economic times have been tough for everyone in IT departments, and particularly for those working for IT training providers. But, once again, the quality of the entries has been higher than ever, which demonstrates that the industry is pushing forward and creating higher quality, measurable, business-aligned learning solutions.

"The good news is that the indicators for this year appear to be more positive. Approval for new training projects is beginning to come through and the recruitment of IT staff is rising. However, no matter what the market conditions, quality and excellence remain key to success in this industry.

"I would like to congratulate everyone who entered the awards, everyone of the finalists, and of course those who have won these prestigious awards.

"We should all aspire to the outstanding achievements that have been made by everyone who collects an award tonight.'

The event was sponsored by the British Computer Society and was hosted by Sky TV Breakfast presenter Lucy Alexander.

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