Asda head office is paying tribute to its staff after scooping the John Sainsbury 1990 award for staff training initiatives at last week's IGD Food Industry Awards Each of the eight stores that act as training centres of excellence will be allowed to display the prized trophy for a month. They are in Canterbury, Wembley, Taunton, Questett, in Birmingham, Westbrook in Liverpool, Wakefield, Oldham and Hamilton. The courses aim to provide skills, knowledge and confidence to lead teams. People development manager Mark Reed said: "Managers in the stores are best of breed, and they pass their expertise on to delegates, including department and store managers and personnel managers. "The training goes on in the course of everyday business, customers do not realise the stores are training centres. "Internal managers are sent to the training stores for four weeks, and new recruits to the company undergo eight weeks of training. A follow-up six months later ask staff for their views on improvements." Reed added: "The award is a fantastic recognition for our stores, but it is the staff who won it and so we are not keeping the cup at head office. While the important thing has been recognition from IGD, it was nice to be presented the cup by Sainsbury's director of talent!" {{PEOPLE MOVES }}