Local health and social care charity, Alternative Futures Group, has been awarded a prestigious Princess Royal Training award presented by HRH Princess Anne at a ceremony in London this week.

The not-for-profit health and social care organisation received royal recognition for accelerating their new starter competency by implementing training to support its recruitment plans, maximising virtual learning and having over 681 new starters in the last two years attaining earlier competence levels.  The training also benefitted the charity in a £ 27k+ cost saving per annum and improved audit compliance and enhanced efficiency.

The Princess Royal Training awards reward UK employers with outstanding training and skills development programmes and that can evidence exceptional benefits to their business.

Paul Taylor, Head of Learning & Development at AFG comments, “This award really reflects all the hard work from all the AFG team when it comes to welcoming new starters and training them to the highest standards possible. Ensuring that every member of the AFG team understands best practice and the needs of those that we support is so important.  We were delighted to be awarded this accolade by HRH Princess Royal.”

Kirstie Donnelly MBE, Chief Executive of City & Guilds said:The Princess Royal Training Awards demonstrate how training and development can open opportunities and attract new talent to industries with significant skills gaps and labour shortages. Yet again, this year’s recipients have shown the range and depth of learning and development that is taking place in their own organisations to shape growth and positivity, from the power of skills development to address issues such as improving diversity and inclusion, through to programmes to address the ongoing impact of climate change. As we all work towards a net zero future, we hope to see even more training programmes recognised for their work in supporting this vitally important issue, amongst many other areas that create organisational and people development.”

The leading Health and Social Care provider, Alternative Future Group supports over 800 people with a range of learning disabilities and mental health issues across the North West of England.

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