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MPCT receives Princess Royal Training Award for 2021

We are proud to announce that MPCT is one of only 46 businesses in the UK to receive a prestigious Princes Royal Training Award for 2021. HRH The Princess Royal, President of City & Guilds, awards employers who have created outstanding training and skills development programmes which have resulted in measurable business impact over the last 12 months.

MPCT received the award this year for it’s efforts in providing a catalyst to open up about mental health. Mental health has long been central to the human resources approach at MPCT, but the challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic led to a number of new initiatives being rolled out by our team. In particular, following research showing that 98% of managers didn’t feel confident having wellbeing conversations with staff, we developed and delivered an in-house programme focusing on mental health and wellbeing. The training acted as a catalyst for significant culture change, with 70% of trainees going on to undertake suicide prevention training.

Currently in its sixth year, The Princess Royal Training Awards recognise and celebrate organisations across the United Kingdom which have demonstrated exceptional commitment to training and development. Despite facing unprecedented challenges due to Covid-19, the organisations receiving this standard of excellence have created and delivered highly engaging training programmes which have resulted in significant measurable impact.

With organisations facing some of the toughest times in history due to the pandemic, many have had to use training to address and adapt to changing business needs.

Kirstie Donnelly MBE, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group said:

“The last 18 months have caused disruption to the way most organisations operate which has led to major changes for all of us in how we live and work. Despite these challenges, it’s fantastic to see so many organisations’ continued commitment to training and development as well as the positive and life changing impact learning can have on people.
“The introduction of the Covid Commendation highlights some of the brilliant work these organisations have been doing to overcome the challenges and the lasting effects of the pandemic. The applications have been truly inspiring, and we are really looking forward to bringing award recipients together and celebrating at our annual ceremony later this year.”

Previous recipients of a Princess Royal Training Award have reported clear positive impacts on their business, with 82% saying it has improved recruitment and retention and 62% reporting increased investments into training programmes. This will be paramount when it comes to helping businesses recover post-covid, closing sector skills gaps and promoting a culture of skills development.

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