SINCE its launch in 1987, the Wales Training Awards and the National Training Awards have become key events in the training and development industry calendar.
All entries for the Wales Training Awards are automatically entered for the National Training Awards, giving entrants the opportunity to compete on both a national and a UK-wide platform.
The awards celebrate training as the route to both business and personal success.
Winning an award bestows universal recognition on organisations and individuals across Wales who have achieved lasting success through workplace training and skills development.
Previous winners have come from organisations both large and small, from every part of the country, together with individuals from every walk of life and every educational background.
Winners in 2001 included Beverly O'Connell, Linda Lavender of Gilesports, Mark Ferguson of Aran Hall School and Philip Bailey of Mid and West Wales Fire Brigade, who were each presented with their award by Tanni Grey Thompson and Sara Edwards.
Beverly O'Connell from Merthyr is an excellent example of what can be achieved through training, persistence and sheer hard work.
She fast-tracked her way from care worker to manager of a special group home for people with learning difficulties in under five years, using courses and further education to aid her development.
It wasn't just Beverly who gained from her training though.
"Ultimately I …