Galliford Try collect prestigious Princess Royal Training Award

Topic Awards

Date 06 Dec 2023

Galliford Try’s Health, Safety and Environment team was honoured at this year’s Princess Royal Training Award for the innovative Choose the Safe Path Virtual Reality (VR) training initiative.

The prestigious award was presented to Mike Webb, the Director of Health, Safety and Environment and Nimesh Patel, Head of Health, Safety and Environment for Galliford Try's Specialist Services at St James' Palace in London to honour the team's achievements by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal.

Choose the Safe Path and VR training for site safety focuses on the prevention of falling objects and includes an interactive training package that offers employees a real-life learning experience through the use of real locations and actors from Galliford Try's team.

Since implementing the training, there has been a 50% reduction in high-risk accidents, and two additional VR modules are now being introduced.

Nimesh Patel, who led the awards entry, commented: “It was an honour for our team to receive this award by The Princess Royal and we are extremely proud to be recognised for our commitment to education and health and safety.”

Mike Webb, HS&E Director for Galliford Try, added: “It was a real honour and privilege to receive this award from Princess Anne herself, on behalf of the business. We are delighted that the hard work and innovation that has gone in to making Choose the Safe Path such a success has been recognised in this way, and I would like to thank everyone who has engaged with the training programme so far, which has allowed us to make genuine progress in reducing incidents.”

The Princess Royal Training Awards delivered by City and Guilds Foundation, recognise and honour organisations that show exceptional commitment to learning and development by create engaging learning programmes for growing and retaining talent across the UK and Ireland.

Choose the Safe Path was also a finalist in the Construction News Workforce Awards.