Oakman Inns awarded The Princess Royal’s Training Award

Oakman Inns's CEO Peter Borg-Neal, with the team at Beech House Solihull
18/08/2017 - 09:57
Pub and restaurant operator, Oakman Inns has been awarded The Princess Royal’s Training Award, recognising “outstanding training and skills development programmes, which have resulted in exceptional commercial benefits”.

Now in its second year, the awards – organised by skills development company, City & Guilds Group – has been honored to 40 out of a total 116 entries across the hospitality, healthcare, finance and manufacturing industries, covering the full spectrum of HR responsibilities.

Set to take place this autumn, HRH The Princess Royal will commemorate recipients during the awards ceremony, where Oakman Inns will be recognised “for creating a lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance.”

Jill Scatchard, Oakman Inns’s HR director, said: “This is a recognition of the time and effort that Oakman Inns has invested in creating our in-house online training academy – Oakmanology – which involves everyone. Its skill development modules are taken by everyone from the main board down and since we introduced it four years ago, it has helped reduce our staff turnover by 43%.”

CEO, Peter Borg-Neal added: “We are thrilled to discover that we are the only pub group recognized by the Awards Commission. We are a people business and employ an average of 40 at each of our sites. We want them to be passionate and proud of what they do and having just completed on our 20th pub, we are committed to continuing the development of our range of training schemes so that we not only produce the managers of the future but give each one of our team members an opportunity to ‘learn a living’.”

All applicants were assessed against three ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’ (listed below) by the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, comprising HRH The Princess Royal and seven leading figures in the business and training community:

  • Training and learning and development is integral to business performance
  • The programme is delivered efficiently and effectively
  • The programme has an impact on the success of the organisation and its people

Other companies awarded include: Barclays Bank PLC, Macmillan Caring Locally and the Co-Operative Group.

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