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Valvoline Instant Oil Change wins American Society for Training & Development 2012 BEST and Brandon Hall Gold Awards

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Valvoline Instant Oil Change, a part of Ashland Consumer Markets – a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. has received an American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) 2012 BEST Award and a Brandon Hall Gold Award for Excellence in Talent Management.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change was among 30 organizations from Bahrain, Canada, India, and the United States to receive a 2012 ASTD BEST Award, which is the training industry’s most rigorous and coveted recognition. The BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through employee learning and development.

“These 30 companies get it,” said Tony Bingham, ASTD President and CEO. “They excel in creating innovative, vibrant learning cultures that clearly align with strategic business goals. The leadership of these organizations values learning and knows that having a knowledgeable and skilled workforce drives success.”

“Our people are the foundation of our business,” said Tony Puckett, president of Valvoline Instant Oil Change. "We have an integrated talent management function that allows us to hire people with the potential to learn and progress in the company. And our team does an outstanding job of building and implementing a consistent learning program in a fun, interactive manner that engages our employees at all levels. "

Valvoline Instant Oil Change competed against 84 organizations in 13 countries for the 2012 BEST Awards, now in its 10th year. Organizations submitted both quantitative and qualitative information about their learning and development practices and programs. Applications were assessed in a blind review by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee, a select group of experts in the learning and development field.

The company was also recognized by the Brandon Hall Group for excellence in Talent Management. Valvoline Instant Oil Change’s innovative Bench Planning process received the Brandon Hall Gold Award for excellence in Succession and Career Management.

The Bench Planning process and the associated software system have become a driving force behind Valvoline Instant Oil Change’s employee development, which in turn drives the company’s success. “Our business model is driven by our ability to successfully hire, develop, protect, and retain great people," Puckett said.

"This year’s winners should be very proud of their achievements especially based on the rigorous judging process all submissions underwent,” said Mike Cooke, chief executive officer of Brandon Hall Group, Inc. “We are honored to recognize the award winners who exemplify a high standard of performance in their organization and demonstrate clear, measurable business results through these innovative programs.”

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