Training is a key investment in the workforce

PARKDEAN Holidays has grown from one holiday park in 1999 to 20 spread across the UK and so has had a lot of staff training to carry out.

PARKDEAN Holidays has grown from one holiday park in 1999 to 20 spread across the UK and so has had a lot of staff training to carry out.

Last year it was the winner of the North-East Business Awards 2006 for Learning, Training and Skills for its excellent work doing so.

The Newcastle-based park operator employs around 2,400 people at the height of the season and 456 full-time workers during off-peak times.

Phil Richardson, human resources manager, explained that the seasonal nature of the employment for many of the staff meant training has to be one of the company’s core values to ensure an excellent level of service is maintained.

SPONSORS

The North-East Business Award 2007 for Learning, Training and Skills is sponsored by Train to Gain.

Chris Roberts, regional director, of the Learning and Skills Council North-East, said: “In the region the LSC and One NorthEast jointly fund the Train to Gain skills brokerage service delivered by Business Link North-East.

“The service offers impartial advice and matches training needs to local learning providers, to ensure that flexible, responsive training and development support is delivered to meet employers’ needs.

“The Learning, Training and Skills Award recognises the investment employers make in the skills development of their workforce and will no doubt be hotly contested in the sub-regional events.”

Business Solutions at City of Sunderland College is sponsoring the Learning, Training and Skills category for Durham and Wearside. A spokesperson said: “As a provider of innovative education, training and service solutions, we know the value that investing in skills can bring to your business.

“As a team, we are committed to using all of our business and industrial expertise to develop your business and to help you to become more competitive.

“To identify the solution that will work for you, we always ensure that you are a core part of our team – we identify the requirements of your organisation and ensure that the solutions are long-lasting and bring about genuine, measurable change.”

The University of Teesside is sponsoring the Learning, Training and Skills Award 2007 for the Tees Valley. Vice-chancellor, Prof Graham Henderson, said: “Absolutely central to our work as a university is working with employers to support their high-level skills needs and to collaborating in helping to deliver economic success and competitiveness for our Tees Valley home.

“These awards showcase the fantastic work of many employers and their commitment to the learning, the training and the skills development of their colleagues.”

Newcastle College is sponsoring the Tyneside and Northumberland Learning, Training and Skills category.

Principal and chief executive Jackie Fisher said: “As previous North-East Company of the Year winner in 2005, the college is committed to excellence in training and learning.

“As further testament to this, it has recently invested £8.6m into a new state-of-the-art employer training and conference centre.”

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