The Training Foundation wins 2005 Queen's Award for Enterprise - Innovation

The Training Foundation wins 2005 Queen's Award for Enterprise - Innovation

The Training Foundation has become the first organisation to be awarded the UK's most prestigious business accolade for a training programme in the 40-year history of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

The TAP Learning System (TAP) has been adopted by trainers from more than 1,000 organisations since its launch in 1998.The Innovation Award recognises the creation and continuous development of TAP by The Training Foundation since 1998 and its proven success in raising the quality of training across the spectrum of both private and public sector organisations.

The basic premise is that, as in other professions, the skills of all professional trainers and those supporting learning should be measurable and assessable to best-practice standards.

TAP is setting new high standards for trainers to achieve. Achievement of any of the certifications and Diplomas within the Programme requires successful assessment of skills against objective, best-practice models. These models focus on making training more learner-centred and participative. TAP is also uniquely addressing the training needs of subject matter experts with occasional training responsibility. By empowering them to deliver interactive, participative training, TAP has converted thousands from 'presenters' to real trainers.

Surveys of trainers that have converted to the TAP methodology from their previous, traditional, training certification styles have consistently showed huge improvements in learner feedback and results. Following a survey of over 1,500 TAP-certified trainers;

96% said it had made "a significant difference" to the way they trained

90% said they used the TAP methodology "most or all of the time"

87% said they received "better feedback from delegates at the end of the course"

As a result of the programme's unique ability to ensure high-quality, consistent learning in the workplace, many organisations have adopted TAP and require all training to be carried out to the TAP standard. The NHS and the DfES refer to it as 'a de facto standard in the UK' on their websites.