It was a case of “MUD, glorious MUD” for the St Monica
Trust’s learning and development team as they brought home a Gold Award at the
2018 Training Journal Awards.
The team’s Mandatory Update Day (MUD) training programme won
the award for the Best Operational Programme in a category which saw the Bristol-based
charity up against Tesco, Hugo Boss and Towergate.
The Trust’s Learning and Development Manager, Jo Arkison’s
personal contribution was also recognised with a bronze award in the Learning
and Development Professional of the Year category.
The judges said: “Joanna Arkison’s vision, calm and steady
determination has led to a programme that has fully understood the needs of her
audience as well as deliver a creative solution to the constraints of delivery.
A classic example of a programme designed to deliver a meaningful solution
rather than tick a development box.”
The awards were presented at a glittering Gala Dinner in the
Pavilion at the Tower of London on Tuesday 4 December, which recognised the
very best practitioners in L&D today. Gold trophies were presented to 16
finalists, with a further 14 silver and 16 bronze certificates being given on
The Trust’s Learning and Development Manager, Jo Arkison
said: “We are overwhelmed by the recognition that both the team and I have
received for the training that we deliver. I am so proud of how far we have
come as a team and the resilience and creativity that the team demonstrates on
a daily basis.”
The St Monica Trust will be investing in the future
workforce of the UK care sector by opening a Training and Development academy
in 2019. The state-of-the-art facility will provide career development for St
Monica Trust colleagues, as well as helping other care organisations develop
their own staff and providing younger people with the skills necessary to enter
the care sector.