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Charity wins Skills for Care training award

Bristol charity St Monica Trust was voted 'Best In-House Training Provider and Assessment Centre' at the Skills for Care Accolades.

The Trust also picked up the award for 'Best Employer of more than 250 Staff' at the Accolades awards ceremony held at the Landmark Hotel, London last week.

A provider of care and accommodation for elderly people in Bristol for more than 80 years, St Monica Trust employs 570 people across three residential facilities for elderly people at Cote Lane, Westbury Fields Village in Westbury-on-Trym and Monica Wills House in Bedminster.

Skills for Care chief executive officer Andrea Rowe said: "St Monica Trust leads the field in two of the twelve categories we have in place for assessing excellence. It's a tremendous achievement and clear recognition of the high standards, consistent innovation and the excellent levels of staff commitment achieved by the Trust."

Skills for Care is part of Skills for Care and Development, the sector skills council for social care, children and young people.

St Monica Trust learning and skills department was established in 2002 to respond to the training, qualification and learning needs of a growing charity. Its team comprising four trainers/assessors and one administrator provides training and NVQ Assessment to the charity's staff and other local care employers.

Angela Rowe said: "St Monica Trust is an excellent example of the very best practice in training and staff development, knowledge that it already actively shares with many other care providers."

Zara Ross, head of human resources and organisational development at St Monica Trust, said: "We are thrilled with this award which not only reflects how fantastic our staff are, but also the results that can be achieved with a clear commitment to staff development, induction programmes, regular supervision and excellent staff training.

"Three quarters of our 570 employees are now qualified to NVQ level 2 or above. This has a direct impact on how well we support the 600 people who now live in our accommodation or use our services."

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