Devitt Insurance Services has scooped a prestigious award for its training programme from the Government.

Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett yesterday presented the company with a National Training Award.

Devitt was the only broker to win one of the 14 special training awards.

"The people we recruit come from a huge range of backgrounds," training manager Kevin McAlpin said.

"What we are looking for primarily is raw talent – which means the interpersonal skills needed to build relationships with customers.

"Having all the technical knowledge in the world does not equate to being a good salesperson."

More than 60% of Devitt staff are working towards a national qualification.