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Awards should stimulate more firms to invest in training

Awards should stimulate more firms to invest in training

08 August 2018

Awards celebrating learning and development in the utility sector should help more firms to see the value of growing their own talent, says DTL's CEO.

Chris Wood, CEO of Develop Training Limited (DTL), was commenting after judging three categories in the Utility Week Stars awards.

Outstanding achievement

Two of the awards highlighted individuals who were showing exceptional career progression while the third underlined the need for senior individuals to champion learning and development.

“Too often, we see businesses failing to adequately invest in training, so it was great to see companies that are committed to developing their people, and individuals who have seized the opportunity,” said Mr Wood.

Industry-based judges

Mr Wood joined judges from the utilities, consumer policy, technology, and innovation sectors on the panel for the awards, which are a celebration of dedication, ingenuity and team work in the utilities sector.

Award winners

The Rising Star category was won by Ryan Salmon, Connections Delivery Coordinator at SP Energy Networks. The Shooting Star category went to Barry Campbell, Head of Business Change and Project Management Office at Opus Energy, and the Guiding Star Award was presented to Dave Shepherd, Head of Delivery of the Wirral District for SP Energy Networks.

The awards were presented this summer at a lunch event hosted by comedian Geoff Norcott at the Hilton, Deansgate in Manchester.

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