Scottish firm nominated for award

A Scottish meat company has been nominated for a national award for developing new methods of training.

Brown Brothers which started with a small number of six employees embarked on a training programme that resulted in them now having around 750 members of staff and a highly successful reputation within the food industry.

This secured it with a nomination that will see it attending a ceremony in Glasgow's Hilton hotel on 30 October 2008.

The event will be hosted by broadcaster Fred MacAulay who will be joined by Minister for Schools and Skills, Maureen Watt.

The National Training Awards is a UK-wide scheme. It's managed by Skills Development Scotland and the winners from this event will go through to UK gala ceremony in London on the 11 December 2008 where the overall UK winner of each of the four awards categories will be announced.

Robert Creasey, group training/health and safety manager, said: "It was clear that our staff required training and development specific to our industry and production processes, the company recognised the need for structured internal training."

Damien Yeates, chief executive, Skills Development Scotland, said: "The National Training Awards celebrate the achievements of businesses, organisations and individuals from all over Scotland, and what great stories some of them have to tell.

"We know that developing and maintaining a skilled workforce in Scotland is crucial to our economy and our ability to compete in the worldwide markets, particularly in these challenging times.

"These finalists are a clear indication of the innovation, drive and commitment that's out there, and they have all demonstrated outstanding levels of dedication to skills development."

Brown Brothers are nominated in the larger employer category. The four award categories are:

Larger Employer; Providing Education and Training; Partnership and Collaboration and Individual

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