LEEDS Co-op's training budget is more than six times what it was six years ago ? and more employees than ever are signing up to study for new qualifications.
The latest group of more than 120 have just earned certificates and, as 50 of them were presented at the society's Benyon House headquarters in Middleton, General Manager for Personnel, Amanda Harrison, paid tribute to "an almost overwhelming enthusiasm to improve work skills."
The new qualifications, mostly from external courses, covered subjects from a Diploma in Payroll Management to certificates for Ophthalmic Glazing, First Aid, Health and Safety, Electronic Communication and Food Hygiene.
"Providing the training is part of our commitment to lifelong learning and Investors in People," said Ms Harrison. "It's fantastic that we have a large number of employees who want to achieve their potential and raise standards of service to our customers."