BII launches search for best in training in on-trade

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The best in training at Britain’s bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants is being sought with the launch of the 2017 National Innovation in Training Awards competition by the BII.

The BII is calling for entries from anyone who provides high-quality training in the licensed on-trade in the UK, whether individuals, training organisations, bar and club operators or pub companies.

Judges will be looking for examples of those who truly put people at the heart of what they do, investing in their teams, innovating, motivating and striving for training excellence.

The award categories for the 2017 competition are:

  • Best Training Programme – Leased & Tenanted Companies under 200 outlets
  • Best Training Programme – Leased & Tenanted Companies over 200 outlets
  • Best Managed Training Programme Companies under 50 outlets
  • Best Managed Training Programme Companies over 50 outlets
  • Trainer of the Year Award
  • Best Apprenticeship Training Programme
  • Best Casual Dining Training Programme
  • Franca Knowles Supreme Award.

The Franca Knowles lifetime achievement award will be chosen by a panel led by Keith Knowles, CEO and founder of bar operator Beds & Bars, and was created in memory of his late wife and fellow director who was passionate about the importance of training. The award will identify and recognise an individual who leads by example and can demonstrate that people are at the core of what they do.

Tim Painter. HR director at past winner Stonegate Pub Company, said: “We were delighted to be recognised at the 2016 NITAs as the best Managed Company for Training. To win such an accolade in an industry which is so committed to developing young talent is a real honour.”

The BII’s CEO Mike Clist added: “The NITAs are a key platform which not only help us highlight how vital the training and development of staff is to our industry, but crucially demonstrate that hospitality can offer individuals a rewarding and varied career- it’s so much more than just a job.”

Entrants have until September 1 to complete their entries and can enter more than one category for consideration. Criteria for each award and entry forms can be found on the BII website by clicking here.

Each category will have a judging panel consisting of industry experts who will decide who has best showcased their knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm for their respective category. Finalists will be announced before the end of September and will need to be available on October 19 to attend the NITA finals judging day.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Café de Paris in London on November 21, 2017.

The awards are being run in collaboration with leading on-trade training company CPL Training Group. Its chief executive Daniel Davies said: “Hospitality has always been a trailblazer of learning and development – an industry which equips employees with the skills they need to progress and realise their career potential.

“The NITAs is the ultimate benchmark for training ingenuity in the industry – rewarding individuals and businesses who deliver outstanding mentorship and development for their people.”

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