- News / Press Release - In the media

Elior achieves prestigious Princess Royal Training Award for employee development

Leading contract caterer Elior UK has achieved a Princess Royal Training Award for its commitment to outstanding employee training and learning best practice. Elior was commended for its extensive development programmes, which are inspiring staff to excel and therefore boost business performance.
This year, HRH Princess Anne, president of City & Guilds Group, recognised a select group of public and private sector organisations of all sizes across a wide range of industries, such as BAE Systems, The Co-op, The Royal Navy and IBM UK Ltd.
The judges were impressed with Elior’s in-house Chef School and its 90 different learning opportunities, the company’s ‘hands on’ approach to understanding the challenges around chef recruitment (commissioning business-wide surveys and working with experts to understand industry learning trends), and its wide range of original learning resources.
Matt Jennings, Learning & Development Business Partner, Elior UK said: “We're delighted to receive this award recognising the hard work that goes into developing and inspiring our employees. At Elior, we know our business success is dependent on engaged and motivated individuals, forming expert teams that create exciting food and service for our diverse clients. This is why we continue to create new, interactive learning experiences, inspiring them to be the best they can be.”
Elior is now part of a Community of Excellence made up of over 150 employers recognised through the Princess Royal Training Awards. This has proved extremely valuable for previous winners, who have reported increased investment into training programmes, improved recruitment and retention and more.
Chris Jones, chief executive, the City & Guilds Group said: “We were thrilled with the quality and variety of entries this year. The work that HR and L&D teams do to train, upskill and reskill teams is critical; helping individuals to reach their potential and find meaningful employment, while supporting businesses in developing the skills for success, and ultimately producing the productive workforce we so urgently need. The organisations we recognise today all provide compelling evidence that tangibly proves the value that comes from investing in people.”
Elior and its 2019 peers will be awarded at a ceremony at St James Palace in London on Wednesday 30 October 2019.
To learn more about Elior’s employee development, visit