Southern Group scoops UK Training Award

18 December 2007

Representatives of the Southern Group Environmental Health Committee (SGEHC) were swept off to the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London last week for a gala dinner, hosted by TV celebrity Sue Barker, at which they were presented with an UK National Training award.

The National Training Awards, which are supported by the Government’s Department for Education and Skills, are universally recognised as being the number one award for training in the UK. Achieving this award demonstrates Southern Group’s excellence as a training provider.

This event recognises and celebrates the people and organisations who achieve success through training. Southern Group is extremely proud of their achievement and intends to invest further in training initiatives to ensure they maintain their flagship status in the environmental arena.

Southern Group won the award as a result of their management of the widely acclaimed ‘STEM Project’. A team of 6 graduates were trained as highly professional environmental specialists and they in turn have trained over 8,000 staff, in local businesses and councils, in environmental management.

Commenting on this outstanding achievement Councillor Joan Baird said “As the Chair of the Southern Group Environmental Health Committee at the inception of this project I have followed it closely throughout the last 3 years and am delighted to see its success recognised at the very highest level”.

Councillor Jackie Crowe, Chairman of East Border Region Interreg IIIA Partnership commented “the STEM Project is renowned as a flagship project within the Interreg IIIA Programme and is a project which I am very proud to be associated with”.

The STEM Project has been part funded to the tune of £1.5 million by the European Union through the Interreg IIIA Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body through the East Border Region Interreg IIIA Partnership. The Project is supported by nine local cross border Councils including Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, Dungannon & South Tyrone, Louth, Monaghan and Newry & Mourne and SGEHC.

Pictured Above: STEM Representatives with Sir Reg Empey, Cllr Jackie Crowe EBR Interreg IIIA Partnership and Mr Martin Patterson EBRC

  • Monaghan
  • LCC
  • MCC
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council