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Posted May 11 , 2010

Employers Awarded for Excellence in Workforce Training and Development

Cambridge - Cambridge City Council last night paid tribute to local companies that demonstrated exceptional initiatives in workforce training and development. As part of the annual ‘Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Workforce Training and Development’, three companies were recognized at tonight’s Council meeting: McDonald Green Personnel Inc., COM DEV International Ltd., and Redragon Oil and Gas Systems International Inc.

“These companies demonstrated a clear commitment to their workforce development by enhancing the knowledge, performance and skill of their teams,” says Mayor Doug Craig.

There are four award categories: Industrial and Manufacturing; Service, Hospitality and Retail; Public and Not-for-Profit; and Small Business. Cambridge congratulates the following companies and highlights some of the innovative initiatives contributing to their success in the awards competition:

McDonald Green Personnel Inc.: SMALL BUSINESS

· All employees are involved in the development of training for their particular departments, as well as incorporating cross-functional training

· The company uses a coaching process model that allows for continual dialogue between the employee, manager, and trainer or leader

· They round out their formal learning programs with mentoring, self-directed learning, and personal discussion


· Offers a new employee orientation program online, appropriately called “Employee Launch” which is designed like a Global Position System

· Fosters employee development to achieve a high level of awareness of their role with the products they produce, often using peer learning with high-knowledge employees and senior experience to mentor younger scientists

· Findings demonstrate that their training process has “no holes” - they truly do it all well—right across the board

Redragon Oil and Gas Systems International Inc.: INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING

· Their mission statement has training and re-training enshrined

· The company engages a training committee of three; allots five percent of the budget for training; 70 percent is in-house training

· Maintains an on-site training centre with a classroom, a one-on-one mentoring program, and a multi-level training program for new products

This is the 17th year for the ‘Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Workforce Training and Development’ which is organized by the City of Cambridge Economic Development Division and the Cambridge Training and Development Advisory Group.

“These awards underscore the role training and development plays in driving Cambridge’s economic growth and prosperity,” says Cambridge’s Chair of the Training and Development advisory group Paul Olinski.

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