(L to R): Steve Sellick (Ridgeons), Chris Lang (CRC), Dave Jordan (Ridgeons) and Susie Fowler-Watt (BBC TV presenter).

Ridgeons training award

Published:  23 September, 2009

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Ridgeons has received top honours at the regional round of the National Training Awards which recognise business success through investment in training.

The company was nominated in the Partnership and Collaboration category, jointly with Cambridge Regional College (CRC), for a programme focusing on new building methods and materials designed to address climate change and environmental sustainability.

The winning training initiative with CRC was driven by the company's strategy to develop a workforce able to advise and inform customers on modern construction methods, in order to increase sales, and build on its leading reputation for customer service.

Staff benefitted from a pioneering scheme facilitating two-way knowledge transfer; learners were chosen because they were first point of customer contact, and had already demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment.

The initial concept, which started in early 2008, was to train staff in environmental awareness and renewable energy technology; in response to emerging legislation the new Code for Sustainable Homes was incorporated into the overall programme, recognising the value of its flexible design.

Presenting the trophies at an event in the Cambridge Guildhall, BBC TV Look East's Susie Fowler-Watt said: "This year's recipients in the East of England have set the benchmark high. Each and every one of them has proven that in today's climate, high quality training is an integral part of both personal and business development."

Ridgeons, together with other national award winners, goes on to compete for the top accolade in its category, to be announced at a UK Gala Ceremony in London, on 10 December.

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