Global logistics company DHL Freight UK has been honoured at West Nottinghamshire Colleges first Employer Engagement Awards. The companys depot in Coalville, Leicestershire, scooped the award for Recognisable Return on Investment at the inaugural celebration, held to showcase the Colleges successful training links with employers and the contribution this makes to commerce and industry.
The event, at Eastwood Hall, Nottinghamshire, saw employees of local, regional and national companies that receive training in partnership with the College collect awards across a range of categories. DHL Fright UKs award was in recognition of its impressive return on investment, after it delivered a highly-successfully business improvement programme to staff.
The company approached West Nottinghamshire College 15 months ago to examine how training could further develop the business. A customised training programme has led to more than 100 depot workers gaining NVQ qualifications in either Carry and Delivery of Goods; Distribution, Warehousing and Storage Operations; and Traffic Office.
Office staff have acquired NVQs in either Business Administration or Customer Service, while managers have gained NVQs in Business Improvement Techniques, which looked at improving business efficiency.
Andy Cooke, DHLs Area Operations Manager, received the award from Paul Southby, Regional Director of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Speaking afterwards, Mr Cooke said: It is a privilege to receive this award and its true recognition of every staff member that has conducted training at DHL and the way they applied themselves.
We worked with the College to develop a skills programme with NVQs specially tailored to the workforce and Im delighted that it has delivered tangible business benefits and improved the quality of the service we offer.
The programme also helped create a culture change, whereby staff work together as one unit. Staff feel motivated by the training; they feel valued and part of something positive.
Graham Howe, Director of Employer Engagement at West Nottinghamshire College, said: The awards were a fitting celebration of the successful partnerships between the College and employers across a range of sectors.
Were proud to help businesses succeed by providing them with bespoke training, which gives them a major return on investment and ensures they have the right people with the right skills.
The Colleges Principal and Chief Executive, Asha Khemka OBE, who also presented awards on the night, said: We live in challenging economic times and so it is increasingly important to focus on the real business benefits that well-targeted training can bring.
The evening provided a wonderful celebration of our work with employers of all types and sizes and I look forward to it becoming an annual event in the College calendar.
West Nottinghamshire College provides bespoke workforce development programmes to more than 650 businesses across the UK, delivering a wide range of programmes including hundreds of NVQs and Skills for Life qualifications.
It is one of the countrys largest providers of the governments flagship Train to Gain programme, which equips employees with relevant qualifications tailored to the needs of their business.