Investors in People Gold Award NWAS has become the first ambulance service in the UK to be awarded Investors in People (IiP) Gold! The Trust was last assessed, three years ago when we achieved Bronze standard. IiP is a nationally recognised standard which both private and public sector organisations can obtain when they can demonstrate high standards in business and people management. The award is categorised as Standard, Bronze, Silver and Gold, with Gold being the highest accolade. Only 2% of IiP holders have achieved this. The Trust achieved the Gold standard following an intense assessment process by IiP, which included visiting various Trust sites, shadowing training events and interviewing more than 160 employees, union representatives, Non Executive Directors and Community First Responders. In the last financial year alone, over 900 members of the Service's workforce has benefited from a range of in-house workshops and training, and over 100 participated in external activities such as Public Health, Healthcare Practice and Personnel and Development degree and Masters courses.