NEWS NOV 2017 – AWARD WINNING TEAM
Mark Holden and Justin Barnett from the Victoria Inns at Threemilestone and Roche are celebrating this week, having picked up top awards both locally and nationally for their training programs designed to give young people successful starts in the hospitality business.
Not content with picking up Employer of the Year (SME) at the recent Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards, Mark and Justin were also voted Licensee Trainer of the Year at the prestigious British Institute of Innkeepers’ (BII) National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs), praised by top industry judges for their ‘innovation in creating an individual programme and particularly on their personal style in coaching and motivation.’
Delighted to be picking up both awards with team members, Mark Holden commented, “Obviously, this is a fantastic reward for all the hard work that our teams put in to make our training second to none in Cornwall, but to have our programs recognised nationally is testament to the wider efforts we all make in conjunction with schools and colleges, especially Truro College for the service provided by their business team and the lecturers and support team in their hospitality department.
“It’s great to see Cornwall leading the way in industry training, with St Austell Brewery picking up two awards at the NITAs as well. The truth is out there – hospitality is a great career path, especially now in the South West and demand has never been so high for jobs with such a diverse skill range – you really can live, work and love Cornwall all year round!”
Now in its third year, the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards is well established as one of the leading training awards in the South West. Hosted by Truro and Penwith College the awards celebrate Apprentices and Employers that are demonstrating outstanding achievement and commitment to Apprenticeships.
The BII NITAs are a national awards program celebrating the very best in training excellence and innovation within the licensed industry. The range of NITA award categories is designed to showcase both individuals and businesses operating in today’s licensed retail sector who demonstrate that they are truly putting their people first, with innovative training programs that encourage long-term careers in the sector.
The judging process is the most rigorous of its kind, and following an extremely high standard of written entries received by the BII this year, finalists were chosen to attend an assessment day. Here, they were asked to present in person to a panel of independent industry professionals and sponsors, followed by an in-depth interview.
The BII’s CEO Mike Clist said: “The NITAs are a celebration of the most successful individuals and businesses in the licensed retail market today. Our finalists have shown that they value, support and champion their people by continuing to invest in and develop their training programs. It’s vital that we recognise, reward and share their successes so that we can encourage further innovation in our fantastic industry for years to come.”