Council receives prestigious Princess Royal award for training and skills

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has been recognised as one of the best organisations in the country for training and skills – for the second time.

The Council is one of only 53 organisations across the United Kingdom and Ireland to receive a Princess Royal Training Award for 2023. It is on the list along with some of the country’s largest companies and smaller not-for-profit organisations.

The judges were impressed by The Council’s work with apprenticeships, its paid work experience programme and its record in ensuring everyone involved has a great chance of getting a job.

The awards, established by the Princess Royal, scrutinises organisations to find the very best at training staff and developing skills to provide excellent career opportunities.

They honour organisations ‘showing exceptional commitment to learning and development’.

The Council received the same award in 2019 and is the only local authority nationally to be recognised this year.

The Council will receive the 2023 award at a ceremony hosted by the Princess Royal at St James’ Palace in London later this year.

Cllr Alec Brown, Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved in supporting our apprentices and providing training to give people the very best chance of a great career. Our staff have shown they are consistently providing our apprentices with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace and they thoroughly deserve this award.

“We remain committed to supporting people into work to improve their quality of life and we look forward to supporting many more people into quality jobs.”

What the Princess Royal Training Awards said about the Council

“Since achieving an Award in 2019, this council has expanded its apprenticeship provision using it as a key means of meeting workforce and business needs whilst fully utilising the apprenticeship levy. The Council exceeds its annual target of 2.3% staff completing apprenticeships year-on-year and 50% of apprentices gained employment at the Council after completing their training in 2021-22.”