Medallists of the Professional Development Awards 2005

Best Newly Implemented Scheme Award

Alliance & Leicester Group

Key to the success of Alliance & Leicester plc, one of the UK's major financial services groups, is our people, and we work hard to ensure they are developed to meet the needs of the business and their own career aspirations. The BCS accredited professional development scheme is a fundamental part of our development strategy, to create and drive a people development framework that introduces best practice, optimises technology and ensures high quality, cost effective, learning experiences aligned to business priorities.

Bechtel Limited

Founded in 1898, Bechtel is one of the world's premier engineering construction and project management companies. Bechtel has completed in the region of 22,000 projects in over 140 countries: The Channel Tunnel Rail Link, The reconstruction of Iraq, Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia, The world's biggest oil refinery, India. The key to Bechtel's success is its people. Over 40 000 employees able to respond to customers with creative technology and local expertise, providing flexible solutions and outstanding value, regardless of industry or region.

West Dunbartonshire Council

The Scottish community of West Dunbartonshire, home to 94,000, is an area of sharp contrasts where scenic splendour sits alongside reminders of the area's proud industrial heritage. Angela Clements, Head of IS values continuous improvement in service delivery and professional development. Angela is committed to the Career Developer programme as an integral part of staff development and salary structure. Angela believes that this is essential to develop the competencies required to meet the demands of ICT in today's dynamic business environment.

Best Established Scheme Award

Deloitte

Deloitte is the UK's fastest growing professional services firm, renowned for an innovative and collaborative culture. Deloitte's market offerings includes tax, consulting, corporate finance and audit. Deloitte understands that IT professionalism and skills development are essential to its Technology competency within Consulting. The Professional Development Scheme is embedded in the culture at Deloitte and operates in all 21 UK offices. BCS memberships have doubled since 2003 when we were nominated for Best Scheme Implementation. Today, approximately 200 practitioners have opted to join the BCS through Deloitte's 'trusted-source' scheme.

Met Office

The Met Office is a world-leading provider of environmental and weather related services in the UK and around the world. Our core objective is to create value for UK taxpayers, customers and stakeholders by using our assets and capabilities to deliver benefits to the public, the Government, the economy and the environment.

Police Mutual Assurance Society

Police Mutual is a financial services operation, run by the Police for the Police. It exists to help serving and retired Police Officers, Police Staff and their families build a secure financial future. A close affinity with the Police Service has developed into a strong and trusted relationship. Without shareholders to take a share of the profits, or sales people to pay commission, Police Mutual ensures every one of its members benefit as much as possible from the products provided.