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IITT awards winners announced


The winners of the annual IT Training Awards were announced in front of many top industry professionals at a gala awards ceremony held in London last Thursday.
The Learning & Development industry turned out in force on Thursday 3 February in support of the IITT's annual Awards ceremony. The awards started in 1997, and the ceremony has grown year on year and now regularly attracts over 400 top Learning & Development professionals. There are 14 categories in total which cover a range of learning disciplines.
A host of leading industry figure heads joined awards finalists at the Grand Hall at the Dorchester Hotel, London to pay tribute to the learning community's outstanding achievements.
This year's Learning Technologies Award was one of the most fiercely competitive categories of the night, with a record number of entrants. Toolwire, a global leader in experiential learning solutions, was delighted to be announced as this year's winner. Reflecting on the achievement, John Valencia, president and CEO of Toolwire said: "Toolwire is extremely proud that the IITT chose to recognise our Immersive Learning Environments for these prestigious awards. These solutions embody our co-creation methodology and significant commitment to instructional design disciplines. We are working hard to combine the latest thinking in instructional design with innovative new learning technologies."
Also in attendance at the awards was ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen. Ms Rantzen was on hand to present possibly the most poignant award of the night which belonged to IITT Chief Executive, Colin Steed. Mr Steed was made an NSPCC Patron in recognition of the IITT's fundraising efforts, which amounted to over £200,000 for the helpline service.
Commenting on the Institute's support of ChildLine and the success of the awards, Steed said: "We are proud to have raised such an amount for ChildLine and would like to thank everyone who has helped us to accomplish it over the last nine years. The awards continue to be a cherished event for the learning community. The ceremony provides an opportunity for the industry to get together to celebrate and appreciate the fantastic work of so many individuals and organisations."

A complete list of the Award winners is as follows:

Training Company of the Year: Verridian
Training Department of the Year: Ricoh UK

Internal Training Project of the Year: Simmons & Simmons

External Training Project of the Year: Redtray & Royal Mail Group

Training Venue of the Year: The Møller Centre

Trainer of the Year: Nadya Nathan, Happy Computers

Training Manager of the Year: Denise Hudson-Lawson, Parliamentary ICT

Staff Development  Programme of the Year: Nationwide Building Society

Freelance Trainer of the Year: Sheena Whyatt, Lightning Training

Training Department of the Year (Public Sector): Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, IT Training Department

Innovation in Training Services Award: The Open University

The Colin Corder Award: Charles Jennings

Learning Technologies Solution of the Year: Toolwire

Instructional Designer of the Year: Michael Watkins, Toolwire

For a full list of Award winners visit:

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