Monday, February 2, 2015 - 17:08

The Eden Project and one of its rising stars had a double cause for celebration at the  2015 Excellence in Business Training Awards hosted by Cornwall College on Friday night.

Aarron Yates, a Hospitality Supervisor at Eden, won the Individual Achievement Award for his personal commitment and dedication to his training programme. Aarron joined Eden originally as a temporary member of the summer hospitality team.

Through his application and both internal and external training has progressed rapidly to oversee front of house operations in Eden's Mediterranean restaurant during its opening year.

Eden landed the Commitment to Young People Development Award, collected by Dawn George, Head of Human Resources.

Eden was also runner-up in the Outstanding Commitment to Training and Individual Champion to Staff Development categories. 

David Harland, Executive Director of the Eden Project, said: “These are important awards recognising the giant strides South West businesses are making in training young people and we are honoured to be in such good company. 

“Aarron is one of our rising stars and is a great example of how working hard and developing your talent in the right training environment can reap excellent rewards.  Eden is proud of him and delighted also to receive the young people development award as well as coming runner up in two categories.”

The celebration of the importance of training within industry, now in its eighth year, was held at the Atlantic Hotel, Newquay.

The awards are open to any businesses that have undertaken training within the last 18 months to improve their profitability, staff morale, retention, performance or to gain competitive advantage.

Eden's honours are further recognition of the educational charity’s continuing work in developing young people.

Last autumn, in partnership with Cornwall College, Eden launched its biggest-ever apprenticeship scheme. 

More than 20 young people are in the first group of apprentices working across a variety of teams including catering, horticulture, vehicle maintenance, human resources, design and media relations. 

The apprenticeship scheme is part of a formal education programme that has been funded by a grant from the Edge Innovation and Development Fund.  The second part of the initiative has already launched with students studying for degrees in horticulture, events management and small scale theatre starting their programmes at Eden in September 2015. An open day is being held for all potential students on Saturday February 7.

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