The judges were particularly impressed by Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ initiative to recruit a new sales force, to address a skills gap caused by the increasing age of its sales network. The company’s 26-week training programme – which includes teaching trainees to drive a truck – has doubled its number of female trainees and achieved a 78% retention rate since 2011.
“I am delighted that our dedication to training and development has been recognised in this way,” Vincente Connolly, National Sales Director at Mercedes-Benz and FUSO Trucks UK, said. “We place a premium on ensuring that our employees have the chance to learn and grow in their roles. We understand that this is not only good for them, but is also vital to the success of the business.”
The Princess Royal Training Awards are new honours presented by the City & Guilds Group to employers in the UK who have created outstanding training and skills development, resulting in exceptional commercial benefit.