Recycling Lives is in with a chance of receiving the National Training Awards (NTA) Winners of the Year prize at a ceremony taking place tonight!
Anticipation is high for the event, which is being held at WorldSkills 2011 in London this evening. A large number of reputable organisations will be in attendance to discover who will be crowned overall Winners of the Year in each category. Recycling Lives is up for the Medium Employer category, having already scooped an NTA in the North West region.
There have been months of hard work in the run-up to tonight’s prestigious event. Following a strenuous judging process, our training department was named the best in the North West Medium Employer category last month. The judges highlighted the huge social benefits that Recycling Lives’ training department has generated for the company and the wider community as the reason for our success in the awards.
The regional award was presented to our training team at a ceremony held last week. The ceremony, which took place at the Recycling Lives Centre in Deepdale, Preston, was attended by over 100 people from a number of our corporate partner organisations, including Procter & Gamble, Job Centre Plus and National Offender Management Service. Preston mayor, Councillor Bobby Cartwright, was also in attendance.
Before the event began, chair of the North West NTA judging panel, Peter Cresswell, was given a tour of the Recycling Lives Charity facilities, which includes private bedrooms and communal living areas for the participants of the Recycling Lives’ residential programme (known as ‘Residents’), allowing them to relax and socialise.
The Recycling Lives charity was founded by Recycling Lives CEO, Steve Jackson just over two years ago. During the event, Steve discussed the positive impact that the charity has had on the community since its inception. The charity, which is sustained by Recycling Lives’ commercial activities, helps members of society who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, including long-term unemployed and homeless individuals. In addition to being offered accommodation and 24-hour support, Residents are encouraged to participate in a number of training courses during their time with Recycling Lives. The courses are essential in equipping the Residents with the skills and confidence they need to return to full-time employment.
During the ceremony, NTA judge, Nirmal Singh praised the work of the training team, stressing that it delivered “real rehabilitation” for Residents and “increased their chances of employment by offering them work-based and externally-accredited training”. He stated that the work of Recycling Lives was not only good for the Preston community but also for the economy of the country. In his concluding remarks, Mr Singh praised the individuals that work at Recycling Lives as “truly exceptional and inspirational people with passion and drive”, adding that the company is a “role model” for other organisations.
Towards the end of the ceremony, the framed NTA certificate was presented to Recycling Lives’ training manager, Robert Jackson. The ceremony concluded with the presentation of NVQ certificates to Residents and staff.
After our success in the regional NTAs, staff at Recycling Lives are very excited about tonight’s event – wish us luck!