Digital Technology solutions provider Kainos is celebrating after being commended for its commitment to training and skills development by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at a ceremony at St James’s Palace in London on Thursday afternoon.

The Belfast headquartered UK business was one of 34 organisations honoured with a Princess Royal Training Award for creating lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance.

The judges were particularly impressed by Kainos’ commitment to inducting new trainees though its innovative Trainee Development Programme, delivered through training academy Kainos MAP. Shorthand for ‘Master, Accomplish, Progress’, MAP encompasses all kinds of training opportunities, from presentation skills to in-depth technical courses, and intensive management and leadership development.

Colette Kidd, Head of People and Talent Development at Kainos commented: “The Princess Royal Training Award provides priceless validation for Kainos’ focus on learning. We are committed to helping our outstanding team achieve their goals, and go above and beyond expectations for our customers. We are delighted to hear that our philosophy is seen as an example of best practice across British business and we will use it as added motivation to invest in talent for the future.”

City & Guilds Group Chief Executive, Chris Jones added: ‘All of the successful organisations deserve enormous praise. I hope these awards have shone a light on how important it is for businesses to invest in training to boost their productivity, address the skills gap and develop their leaders.  This has never mattered more than in today’s uncertain economy. I hope this year’s winners inspire other organisations to share their experiences, and put forward their training and development success stories.’