Veolia receives Princess Royal Training Award

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
Veolia executive vice-president Gaving Graveson with HRH Princess Anne

Veolia has received royal recognition for its Respect at Work employee training initiative.

The resource management organisation was presented with a Princess Royal Training Award (PRTA) by HRH Princess Anne at a ceremony held at St James’s Palace on 30 October.

The award recognises employers whose training and development programmes have had a direct, demonstrable impact on business performance.

Veolia developed its Respect at Work training programme to help its operative workforce deal with the verbal and physical abuse they regularly receive from members of the public.

The company’s dedicated People Development team introduced the programme and sent a training bus across the UK to reach more of Veolia’s sites. A project team with representatives from HR, QHS, and Communications supported the programme.

After around 3,500 employees completed Respect at Work training, Veolia received a positive feedback rate of 99% from those who answered the survey, with 97% saying they had learned a new skill.

Gavin Graveson, executive vice-president of Veolia UK and Ireland, said: “This award is a huge achievement and it shows the commitment Veolia has not only to learning and people development, but for [sic] the wellbeing of employees too.

“With safety as the first strategic objective of our safety culture, the need for employees to be given the knowledge and training required to protect themselves from incidents of abuse by members of the public is very important.”

Now in its fourth year, the PRTA Commission recognised 48 workplace learning programmes with an award in 2019.

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