Tailor Andrew Ramroop has made the journey from tailoring apprentice in rural Trinidad to a national training award.
He’s one of about 50 individuals, organisations and providers who have won a 2007 National Training Award (NTA) at regional ceremonies that have been and are being held across the UK. Some 187 have attended, or will attend, the regional finals which started on 25 September at the Yorkshire and Humberside awards at Leeds Town hall and end with the Scotland ceremony on 22 November.
Those finalists who win national awards can attend the National Awards final ceremony which will be held at London’s Royal Lancaster hotel on 13 December and compered by former tennis star Sue Barker.
Ramroop was presented with his invitation to attend the final ceremony at the London regional awards last week. He was given a golden envelope with the invite inside.
He was honoured for his achievement in becoming a Saville Row master tailor and shop owner after arriving in the UK from Trinidad in 1971 aged 17.
Since then Ramroop has risen from assistant cutter to master tailor to running his own tailoring business, Maurice Sedwell’s. He won an NTA for his achievements and also for setting up the Saville Row Training Academy which opens in January.
Fame Academy judge David Grant presented the London regional final awards.
Other NTA winners include the eponymous Pride of Bridlington fish and chip shop which was lauded for its customer service training programme. Owner Tracy Poskitt put her staff through the programme which she credits for raising morale and pride.
“When asked where they work the staff don’t say ‘down the chippy’. They are proud to say they work at The Pride of Bridlington,” Poskitt said.
The National Maritime Museum has also won a NTA for its customer service training which resulted in 140 staff gaining an NVQ Level 2 in Heritage Care and Visitor Services.
The National Training Awards are run by UK Skills on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.