Babcock Clyde’s apprenticeship programme wins Princess Royal Training Award

PRTA 2016

We are thrilled to congratulate our clients and partners at Babcock Clyde who are amongst the first recipients of The Princess Royal Training Awards.

The Princess Royal Training Award is a new honour for employers in the UK that have created lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance.

Babcock Clyde are one of 33 major UK businesses who have achieved the prestigious standard of excellence in training. The awards were judged by the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, composed of ten leading figures in the business and learning and development community and HRH The Princess Royal, who is the President of the City & Guilds Group. All of the winners attended a prestigious awards ceremony at St James’s Palace on 24 November 2016, hosted by The Princess Royal. In total 110 organisations applied for the awards in their inaugural year.

Excellence doesn’t happen by chance. In today’s uncertain economy, more than ever, employers must align investment in training to the objectives of their business. Whether they’ve addressed a skills gap, improved productivity or developed new leaders to grow their businesses, the awarded organisations deserve to be recognised for their achievements. Chris Jones, Chief Executive, City & Guilds Group

Babcock Clyde’s apprenticeship programme

Operating from HM Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde, Babcock are responsible for maintenance and in-service support to ships and submarines. Babcock Clyde recruit 10 engineering apprentices per year onto a four-year programme, delivering skilled engineers across eight disciplines including electrical, mechanical and fabrication welding.

Babcock Clyde and The Trust have worked in partnership to design and deliver the Growth Mindset Programme. The learning framework balances technical and behavioural skills, allowing apprentices to progressively develop, drive future business and deliver to the challenges the organisation faces.

The Princess Royal Training Awards were impressed that by introducing growth mindsets we have tailored a traditional apprenticeship programme to create a culture change catalyst for the business. Alongside technically qualified employees, our programme has created apprentices to act as change agents and ambassadors.

The Princess Royal Training Award success

Babcock Clyde shared their award win with their apprentices during their graduation lunch at HMNB Clyde.

Speaking to the apprentices at the lunch, Simon Foster, MD said "The Outward Bound Growth Mindset Programme is not only an integral part of the Babcock apprenticeship it is an integral part of your life."

"A huge thank you to The Outward Bound Trust for their partnership on the Growth Mindset Programme, it is amazing what these apprentices have achieved during their time with Outward Bound and in general across their four-year apprenticeship – they are a truly inspirational talent pool."

Ben Elmer-White 
Learning & Development Manager 
Babcock International Group