Caring Homes Group honoured by HRH The Princess Royal for using training to boost business growth

November 28, 2016

Caring Homes Group receives prestigious award at St James’s Palace ceremony

Caring Homes Group is celebrating after being commended for its commitment to training and skills development by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at a ceremony at St James’s Palace in London on Thursday afternoon.

The business was one of 34 organisations honoured with a Princess Royal Training Award for creating lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance. The winners, including prestigious car manufacturers, healthcare organisations and charities, all demonstrated that training can make a significant impact on productivity and business success.

The judges were particularly impressed by Caring Homes Group’s ‘My World’ dementia programme which was highly commended by the Assessors due to the positive feedback it received from staff and families. Accredited by City & Guilds, the three-level programme supports carers to understand how those living with dementia see the world; with the intention of increasing understanding, boosting confidence and ensuring the care that is provided puts the individual at the heart of everything. As well as regional trainers, a network of in-house trainers are qualified to deliver the programme locally.

The Princess Royal Training Awards were delivered for the first time this year by the City & Guilds Group. Each of the 110 applications was assessed against three Hallmarks of Excellence and the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, which comprised HRH The Princess Royal and ten leading figures in the business and learning & development community.

Commenting on the award, Liz Willis, Director of Learning and Organisational Development, Caring Homes Group said: ‘I am delighted that our dedication to training and development has been recognised in this way. At Caring Homes Group we place a premium on ensuring that our employees and managers have the chance to learn and grow in their roles. We understand that this is not only good for them but it is vital to the success of the business.

City & Guilds Group Chief Executive, Chris Jones added: ‘All of the successful organisations deserve enormous praise. I hope these awards have shone a light on how important it is for businesses to invest in training to boost their productivity, address skills gaps and develop their leaders. This has never mattered more than in today’s uncertain economy. I hope this year’s winners inspire other organisations to share their experiences, and put forward their training and development success stories.

On behalf of Caring Homes Group the ceremony was attended by Helena Jeffery, Founding Director, Liz Willis, Director of Learning and Organisational Development and Michele Saunders, Dementia Lead.