A CEREDIGION-based college has won an award for its workplace training programmes.

Coleg Ceredigion won a City & Guilds Princess Royal Training Award for creating a culture of curiosity alongside Coleg Sir Gar in Carmarthenshire.

The colleges were given the award under the education and training sector employing between 250-999 employees as a further education institution that was keen to encourage staff to be creative, innovative and to challenge themselves, subsequently inspiring learners to do the same, enhancing learner engagement and student attendance rates.

It was found that college-wide attendance was at 86 per cent in March 2022, exceeding the current average for Welsh further education institutions.

HRH The Princess Royal is president of the City & Guilds and awards employers with outstanding training and skills development programmes that have been proven to have significant positive impacts on their business or staff.

47 organisations across the UK were given a Princess Royal Training Award for 2022, marking the seventh year of the awards.


Kirstie Donnelly MBE, chief executive of City & Guilds, said: “According to our Great Jobs research published earlier this year, we know that access to relevant skills development, training and qualifications is what motivates today’s workforce. It’s encouraging to see these organisations across Wales helping individuals in the region to access harder to reach jobs and progress within their career.

“The Princess Royal Training Awards demonstrate how training and development can open up 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.”

Recipients of the Princess Royal Training Awards range from small not-for-profit organisations to large multinational employers are refreshingly diverse and increasingly innovative in their approach to learning and development each year.

The Princess Royal Training Awards continue to support applicants to understand how to apply successfully for an award.

This year saw the introduction of ‘tea and chat’ virtual drop-in sessions for applicants to ask any informal questions, along with a widening participation pilot scheme to help more diverse organisations apply.

Training providers working in collaboration with employers can now be recognised when part of a successful application and previous recipients are encouraged to apply for revalidation.

For a full list of this year’s recipients and their training programmes please see the 2022 recipients page or you can find out how to apply for The Princess Royal Training Awards 2023 here.