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Home > News > January 2005 > 07-Jan-2005

Double win for Driving to Success

Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the freight logistics industries, and Nortec Training, have become one of 16 finalists to receive a Special National Training Award.

The award was presented at a ceremony held at London’s Guildhall, attended by senior government ministers and hosted by television celebrity, Carol Vorderman. Having already won the highly respected South East Region National Training Award, for the Driving to Success project, the organisations received the Special Award in recognition of outstanding achievement through training and development.

"The attitude of both industry and the government towards training is changing," said Ian Hetherington, Chief Executive at Skills for Logistics. "Vocational training and skills are a hot topic of discussion at the moment and the National Training Awards reflect this in the projects that were selected as finalists. It is vital that the benefits and successes of high quality vocational training are highlighted and celebrated."

Driving to Success helps unemployed people to obtain an LGV licence by providing registered candidates with free training, worth at least £3,000. In addition, candidates are given training in customer services, literacy and numeracy skills.

Maxine Bennett, Operations Director at Nortec Training commented, "The Driving to Success programme is one of a number of projects aimed at addressing difficulties in recruiting and training LGV Drivers. It is fantastic that the importance of the programme is acknowledged through such prestigious awards."

Other finalists for the Special National Training Award were National Grid Transco, Airbus UK, Job Centre Plus and Energy & Utility Skills. The National Training Awards are run by UK Skills on behalf of the DfES.

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