Leeds-based Lowell Group, one of the fastest-growing companies in the UK, has just collected its third national award in the last six months.

The debt purchasing company completed its hat trick by winning an award for the effectiveness of its staff recruitment and training programme at the 2008 Training Journal Awards for Learning and Development.

Lowell’s head of human resources Annette Martinelli and group team leader Michelle Dunn collected the award for ‘Best Commercial Training Initiative by a company under 1000 employees’, which was given forLowell’s ‘Recruit for attitude, train for skills programme.

The programme was devised byLowell’s human resources and training teams to solve recruitment problems caused by the company’s rapid growth and to ensure new employees were effectively skilled in their roles.

Annette explained:

Our growth means we are recruiting new staff every month so we can’t rely on finding people with relevant experience. By putting more emphasis on people’s personal attributes and then training them in the job skills they need, we have opened up a much wider and higher quality pool of candidates to recruit from. In turn this has led to improved staff performance levels. A lot of work has gone into the programme so we are delighted to win this award.

Lowell Group has already picked up two other awards this year. It was named ‘VC-backed business of the year’ in the Fast Growth Business Awards 2008 and chief operating officer Andrew Bartle collected the ‘Developing the team’ award at the Institute of Credit Management Awards 2008.