The Milton Keynes-based business was one of 34 organisations – including car manufacturers, healthcare businesses and charities – to be honoured with an inaugural Princess Royal Training Award for successfully linking skills development needs to business performance, driving better productivity.
In particular, the judges noted that Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ 26-week training programme – which includes teaching trainees to drive a truck – has doubled its number of female trainees and achieved a 78% retention rate since 2011.
Vincente Connolly (pictured), director of national sales for Mercedes-Benz and Fuso Trucks UK, says: “I am delighted that our dedication to training and development has been recognised in this way. At Mercedes-Benz Trucks we place a premium on ensuring that our employees have the chance to learn and grow in their roles. We understand that this is not only good for them, but is also vital to the success of the business.”
The Princess Royal Training Awards are new honours presented by the City & Guilds Group to employers in the UK. More than 100 applications were assessed by a panel including The Princess Royal and ten business leaders.