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Success for Mantra Learning customers in Skills for Business Awards


02 June 2014

Excellence in the logistics industry was rewarded at the Greater Manchester Skills for Business awards, which took place on 03rd July at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel.

In association with specialist training provider Mantra Learning, two awards – Logistics Skills for Business Award and Rising Star Award – went to companies recognised for their commitment to skills development in the logistics sector.

Yearsley Logistics, the largest UK frozen food provider of supply chain solutions, won the Logistics Skills for Business Award.  The award was collected by Tim Moran, Logistics Director, who commented: ‘Embedding a training culture into the business and ensuring that employees at all levels buy into it, and benefit it, has been great for our company.’  Working with a specialist logistics training provider, Mantra Learning, was instrumental to the company’s success in identifying and developing a skills strategy.

Nuala Gaffney has been recognised as this year’s Rising Star for her commitment to her chosen career in logistics and her passion for learning.  After leaving school aged 16, Nuala started work as an apprentice in the shipping department of Manchester-based Boardman Brothers, the UK’s leading trade supplier of fashion accessories. She quickly climbed the ranks and was awarded Apprentice of the Year in 2007 by the Learning and Skills Council. After gaining a degree in Supply Chain and Logistics Management she was appointed to her current position as Operations Manager with full responsibility for the company’s entire international logistics operation.  Mantra Learning worked closely with Nuala to identify relevant qualifications that would support her development.

On receiving the Rising Star award, Nuala said:  “I chose the route of combining full-time employment with relevant training because I wanted to be out working but also wanted to better my qualifications. I am extremely grateful to both Boardman Brothers and Mantra Learning for helping me achieve so much.”

Mantra Learning Chief Executive Mark Currie said: “The logistics sector often gets a bad press when it comes to training but the very strong showing in these awards show that the best employers in our sector are as committed to developing the skills of their workforce as anyone.”

The awards were created as a result of a collaboration between the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMPLN), Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) and New Economy (NE).

In total 70 Greater Manchester organisations or individuals were shortlisted in 17 categories.

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