Cornish success at national awards

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L-R: Mike Clist (CEO of the BII), Ian Payne (chairman of Stonegate Pubs) Mark Holden & Justin Barnett (Inn Cornwall - The Victoria Inn) and Lucy Porter, awards compere

Mark Holden and Justin Barnett from the Victoria Inns at Threemilestone and Roche have picked up another award for their training programmes.

The pair were voted Licensee Trainer of the Year at the British Institute of Innkeepers’ (BII) National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs).

The latest accolade follows on from winning the Employer of the Year (SME) category at the recent Cornwall Apprenticeship Award.

Holden commented: “Obviously, this is a fantastic reward for all the hard work that our teams put in to make our training second to none in Cornwall, but to have our programmes recognised nationally is testament to the wider efforts we all make in conjunction with schools and colleges, especially Truro College for the service provided by their business team and the lecturers and support team in their hospitality department.

“The truth is out there –  hospitality is a great career path, especially now in the south west and demand has never been so high for jobs with such a diverse skill range – you really can live, work and love Cornwall all year round.”

There was also a brace of awards for St Austell Brewery’s Academy 1851 training team -Best Apprenticeship Programme and Best Training Programme (Leased & Tenanted Companies under 200 outlets) awards.

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