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The BII NITAs (National Innovation in Training Awards) was re-launched in 2016. First run in 1991, the awards seek to recognise training excellence and innovation in the licensed retail sector. The NITAs are organised by the BII in association with CPL Training Group and Propel, with entry categories sponsored by companies working within the licensed trade in the U.K.  The categories for 2017 are:-

Best Training Programme - Leased & Tenanted Companies <200 outlets
Sponsored by Greene King


Best Training Programme - Leased & Tenanted Companies >200 outlets


Best Managed Training Programme Companies <50 outlets
Sponsored by Admiral Taverns

Best Managed Training Programme Companies >50 outlets
Sponsored by Star Pubs and Bars

Trainer of the Year Award
Sponsored by BIIAB

 

Licensee Trainer of the year

Sponsored by Stonegate

Best Apprenticeship Training Programme
Sponsored by HIT Training

Best Casual Dining Training Programme

Sponsored by HGEM

 

In addition, there will be a Supreme award The Franca Knowles Lifetime Achievement Award; sponsored by SKY. This category is not open for entries, but will be awarded by a panel led by Keith Knowles recognising the one individual working within the on-licensed retail sector who leads training by example and demonstrates training and people are at the core of what they do.

BII CEO Mike Clist commented on the launch of the NITAs saying: “We’re very excited to be launching the 2017 competition. The NITAs are a key platform which not only help us highlight how vital the training and development of staff is to our industry, but crucially demonstrate that hospitality can offer individuals a rewarding and varied career- it’s so much more than just a job.”

Daniel Davies, Chief Executive of CPL Training Group, said: “It’s a pleasure to be working alongside the BII and Propel to launch this year’s NITAs. Hospitality has always been a trailblazer of learning and development – an industry which equips employees with the skills they need to progress and realise their career potential. The NITAs is the ultimate benchmark for training ingenuity in the industry – rewarding individuals and businesses who deliver outstanding mentorship and development for their people.”

Commenting on their win last year, Tim Painter HR Director at Stonegate added: “We were delighted to be recognised at the 2016 NITAs as the best Managed Company for Training. To win such an accolade in an industry which is so committed to developing young talent is a real honour.”


Category Criteria

This award is for individual operators or managers responsible for training in an on-licensed retail outlet, whether individually owned (freehold), leased, tenanted or managed as part of a group.   The entrant must hold a personal licence.   The award focuses on innovation, their approach to training and their skills in coaching, motivation, development of new staff and their use of training (both formal and informal) on a day to day basis.  Note this does not have to be formal classroom type training.   Candidates must demonstrate that they have been involved in training needs identification, programme content, delivery and in measuring the effectiveness of such training.

Entry Form

 

 

<200 and >200 outlets: These categories are open to pub owning companies and breweries operating in the leased and tenanted estates within on-licensed retail.  It recognises innovation and excellence in both Licensee or operational area management development programmes. Companies may choose to enter more than one programme in this category and multiple entries will be accepted. Judges will look for evidence of commitment to supporting operators and employees through structured, accessible and flexible training. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the benefits of such training by measuring the impact on both company, outlet or employee performance.  

 

Entry Forms

Best Training Programme - Leased & Tenanted Companies <200 outlets

Best Training Programme - Leased & Tenanted Companies >200 outlets

This category is open to companies operating in the managed on-licensed retail sector who operate less than 30 outlets. Judges will look for evidence of commitment to supporting all levels of employees through structured, accessible and flexible training. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the benefits of such training by measuring the impact on both company, outlet and individual performance. Judges will also be looking for companies who demonstrate that their people and supporting them through excellent training are at the centre of their business ethos.

Recognising that, in smaller estates, budgets may not compare to larger organisations, judges will be particularly interested in the innovative and effective use of resources to achieve measurable results.

Entry Form

This category is open to companies operating in the managed on-licensed retail sector who operate more than 50 outlets in their company structure. Judges will look for evidence of commitment to supporting all levels of employees through structured, accessible and flexible training.  The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the benefits of such training by measuring the impact on both company, outlet and individual performance. Judges will also be looking for companies who demonstrate that their people and supporting them through excellent training are at the centre of their business ethos. 

Recognising the size of some such organisations, multiple entries will be accepted in this category under different programme titles OR branded outlet names/divisions. Separate entry forms would be required in each case.  Also recognising size in some managed estates, judges will also be interested to see how training records are kept and used for future training needs analysis and personal development and progression within the organisation.

Entry Forms

This award is open to entries from independent individual trainers or by trainers working for a training company. The award focuses innovation, their approach to training and their skills in developing and delivering really great training and their personal style in coaching and motivation. Candidates must also demonstrate that they have been involved in training needs identification, programme content, delivery and in measuring the effectiveness of such training.

 

Entry Form

Following the many changes recently surrounding apprenticeships and the levy, these are new categories for 2017 which will look at how companies or individuals are investing in this training which is so vital to the development of skills and talent and career progression in our industry. Judges will be looking for examples of new thinking and innovation in training methods and platforms which appeal to this group of learners and are flexible in approach.

 

Entry Form

Another new category for 2017, recognising the huge growth in this sector over recent years. Open for entries from any size of casual dining business, the award will specifically look at how innovation in food offers and type of food service has created the need for new training methods and how companies have developed and delivered these.   

 

Entry Form

Judges, led by Keith Knowles, will make a Supreme Award to the entrant in any category OR from within the on-licensed retail sector who demonstrates that people and training are at the very heart of everything they do and who demonstrates excellence and innovation in the delivery of training of whatever type.  


Entries will not be invited for this category; this award will simply be recognition, by a panel working alongside Keith Knowles, of an outstanding individual or company within the on-licensed retail industry.  This announcement will be made at the awards ceremony on 21st November by Keith.



The NITA Awards are proudly sponsored by: 








Queries

For clarification or queries, please contact NITAs@bii.org or phone Hayley Evans on 01276 417837


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