What Employers Say…

The annual Progress to Excellence Training and Education Awards celebrate the achievements of our learners. Here’s what some employers say about how winning an award has had an impact on their business and their employees.

Autism TogetherAutism Together (the new name for Wirral Autistic Society) which won awards for Outstanding Employer of the Year and Large Employer of the Year and whose support worker, Phil Miller, was rewarded for his Outstanding Contribution to Care at the 2015 awards earlier this year, said:

“It is further testament to our hard-working team that we were nominated for these awards and the fact we won was an added bonus.

“The society has grown rapidly over recent years and our ability to maintain the high levels of training and education throughout our organisation has been the key to our success. All of our staff team should be proud of their dedication and excellence in their roles within the society.”

“Our achievements are founded on working in partnership with Progress to Excellence, a company that delivers what it promises. The support and dedication of assessors has been paramount to our staff achieving their qualifications in Health & Social Care and Management.”

Jim Strain Director of HR, Autism Together

STICK N STEP LOGOWirral charity Stick ‘n’ Step was named SME Employer of the Year at the 2015 awards and apprentice Shannon Sample was presented with the award for Outstanding Learner of the Year.

“We were thrilled to have been shortlisted in the awards but then to have won SME Employer of the Year was the icing on the cake. We strive hard to be a good employer but to be officially recognised as one is a huge bonus.”

“The award shows that the work we do with our staff is valued by those working for us and those looking to possibly work with us. It also gives us added credibility and helps us attract excellent staff.”

“For our apprentice Shannon to achieve Outstanding Learner of the Year was so exciting for us all at Stick ‘n’ Step. We knew Shannon was working hard but to be given this award was truly fabulous. The following week we offered Shannon the role of classroom assistant on a permanent basis to reward the hard work she had put in during her apprenticeship. She really is an asset to our classroom.”

Sarah Smithson, Operations Manager, Stick ‘n’ Step

Apollo Care“When Apollo Care was founded in March 2011, it was a desire of ours to provide good quality care in the community while also running a successful business model.

We have used Progress to Excellence for all of our training programmes, mandatory and otherwise. This is due to the very high standard of training provided by Sandra Kirkham and her team.

In 2014 I was very honoured to win an award in the Progress to Excellence Training and Education Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Care Services and this year one of our trainee managers won the Learner of the Year category. These awards have boosted our self esteem no end and have given us the drive to go on providing the level of care that the vulnerable people living in our communities deserve.

We know that when delivering our training, Progress to Excellence staff also share the care ethics very important to the success of our business and that they too will always put care first.”

Sue White, Manager, Apollo Care

Involve NWInvolve Northwest is a registered charity based in Rock Ferry, Wirral, providing services ranging from benefits advice and employment support to youth activities. We first established a partnership with Progress to Excellence after being named Community Business of the Year at the Wirral Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2014, a category sponsored by Progress to Excellence.

Later in the year the company funded our pensioners’ Christmas party when we treated more than 80 local people to a three-course meal, drinks, entertainment, free raffle and goody bag to take home. We even had a number of volunteers from Progress to Excellence come along on the day and help us serve the food and drinks – and even have a dance with some of our more energetic residents! The event was so popular with Progress to Excellence that they have kindly agreed to part fund the event again this year.

Also, a big thank you to Progress to Excellence’s Paul Barber who in spring this year arranged to co-ordinate the renovation of our community hall in Victoria Park, Tranmere, where we hold our youth clubs as well as sessions for the local community. The entire interior of the hall was renovated as well as the outside of the hall by a large group of dedicated Progress to Excellence staff, including knitting scarves for the large tree on our grounds – a craze known as “yarn bombing”.

Since the renovation, we have had positive feedback from local people and residents as to how the hall looks so much smarter. This is something we would have struggled to do without the finances or manpower to achieve this.

Finally, we were invited to this year’s Progress to Excellence Training and Education Awards in Liverpool and were made to feel very at home.

We would like to thank Progress to Excellence for their support over the past year-and-a-half as we are a charity that does not typically gain company support or recognition so their continued support made it extra important to us.”

Justine Molyneux, Chief Executive, Involve Northwest