Women excelling in the hospitality industries were recognised in a ceremony held recently
The 2012 Women 1st Shine Awards were held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge to celebrate female excellence in hospitality, passenger transport and travel and tourism.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has supported the Women 1st programme developed by People 1st, the sector skills council for the industry and Jeremy Horton, Senior Investment Manager at the UK Commission, presented the Award for Small Business Achievement. The recipient of the award, HTP Training, has grown from a shed on the Isle of Wight to now operating from four prestigious centres across the South of England.
Named by Ofsted as one of the top 12 training providers in the country, they have actively encouraged women from the industry to join the team and currently over 70% of the workforce is female.
Sharon Glancy, founder of Women 1st, said:
“The quality of the nominations we received this year was remarkable: Each and every one was an inspiration. It was a tough task to whittle it down and make our final selection.
“Women 1st is proud to recognise their accomplishments and we hope they will encourage and motivate other women and men to pursue their career aspirations, within our industry, with tenacity and enthusiasm.”
With co-investment from the UK Commission, the project has helped more than 800 women through dedicated mentoring, training and thought leadership programmes and from April 2012 the project is now self sustaining. Six other categories were also recognised at the ceremony including the Woman of the Year Award presented to easyJet Chief Executive Carolyn McCall OBE for her management successes in a challenging year.
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Awards ceremony image from left to right is: Awards presenter Emma Forbes, Vicki Bonnett and Rachael Fidler from HTP Training and Senior Investment Manager at UKCES Jeremy Horton.