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' Shortlist Announced '
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' Awards & Gala Dinner '

2017 Winners

The winners of the TJ Awards 2017 were announced at The Brewery in December 2017 and hosted by TV presenter and motivational speaker, Sally Gunnell OBE. The venue was buzzing with excitement and anticipation as 500 sponsors, guests and finalists gathered to celebrate best practice in learning and development and to recognise the very best in the field.​

During the evening trophies were presented by guests and sponsors, led by headline sponsor, Capita Learning. TJ’s thanks go to all the 2017 sponsors: Capita Learning, Bray Leino Learning, CAKE People Development, The CIPD, Cranfield School of Management, Dods Training and TOWARD - without their support the celebrations would have been much less enjoyable.

You can get a sense of the excitement and glamour of the 2017 Gala Dinner by viewing the photos here and the photos of previous years’ celebrations here.

The TJ Awards 2017 Gala Review, where you can read about the winners and sponsors, will be available in the January edition of TJ and available for download in the New Year.

Best talent development programme                          

Gold - Barratt Developments PLC: Armed Forces Transitional Programme
Silver - Moto Hospitality Ltd: Achieve in Moto Programme 
Bronze - Jurys Inn Hotels: The High Potential Programme

Judges’ comments on the winner:
The whole organisation is involved in delivering this well-constructed mix of approaches. Enhancing their culture, improving company results and with clear decision-making throughout implementation. A talent management initiative that has transformed the company and has the potential to do so for their industry.​” 

Best public sector programme                                                        

Gold - South of England NHS Mental Health Collaborative 
Silver - King Abdullah II Fund with IDG: Civil Service Development Project
Bronze - Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council: IMPRESS project training

Judges’ comments on the winner:
This impressive learning collaboration, a partnership across a large number of independent NHS Trusts, drove real improvements affecting the health and wellbeing of patients in a challenging culture. They had excellent approaches to cross-organisational learning that led to really valuable, measurable results."

Best not-for-profit programme

Gold - Alzheimer’s Society: Organisational Values and Behaviours
Silver - Friends, Families and Travellers: Online Gypsy and Traveller Cultural Awareness Training
Bronze - Merlin Consultancy with Master Innholders: Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma (MIALD)

Judges’ comments on the winner:
This programme is driving a cultural change to support a new five-year strategy for the Society. Particularly impressive is the approach to developing the values and supporting behaviours to shift the culture. The team consulted a broad range of stakeholders using many approaches which was used to shape their solution."

Best private/commercial programme

Gold - Moto Hospitality Ltd: Achieve in Moto Programme
Silver - Wolseley UK, Insights L&D and Odissy Ltd: Leading Yourself​
Bronze - Sodexo: Reinvigorating Health and Safety Training

Judges’ comments on the winner:
The simplicity and depth of the Achieve in Moto programme was impressive with a combination of laying out a clear career path to help people navigate and understand how to advance their career. It was clear that this programme has had a massive impact on lives and has created a long and lasting legacy that will continue to give great financial returns as well as many intangible ones. The passion and the commitment of all involved came through loud and clear."

Best training partnership    

Gold - Home Office and Virtual College: FGM awareness training
Silver - Tao Leadership and Sky: Invest in BEST
Bronze - South of England NHS Mental Health Collaborative

Judges’ comments on the winner:
This was a truly excellent and innovative learning design, where the external and internal partnerships ensured an amazingly successful programme dealing with a difficult and sensitive subject."

Best use of technology in learning                    

Gold - GlaxoSmithKline Plc - Sales Readiness Index
Silver - Lloyds Banking Group in partnership with Assima
Bronze - Jurys Inn Hotels and Jamjou: The Front Office Experience

Judges’ comments on the winner:
This is really initiative is supporting learning in the workflow for busy customer facing staff.  Sharing approaches and having feedback from peers as well as input from a coach/line manager is critical to its success. The data from this intervention is being used to make informed business decisions. It uses all the opportunities that technology can offer modern workplace learning and the larger business."

Best coaching/mentoring programme

Gold - Asurion: Masters
Silver - Transport for London in partnership with t-three: TfL Customer Services Transformation Programme
Bronze - Barnardo's: Reciprocal Mentoring

Judges’ comments on the winner:
This entry for a global coaching programme had everything. A crystal-clear focus on business results improvement, absolute commitment and full engagement from stakeholders, great structure and a remarkably consistent approach to skills improvement and personal growth across many teams."

Best change management programme 

Gold - Four Seasons Health Care: Dementia Care Framework
Silver - Tao Leadership and Sky: Invest in BEST
Bronze - AbbVie UK: Learning Excellence 
-- Becoming a Learning Organisation

Judges’ comments on the winner: 
The judges recognised Four Seasons Health Care work in the field of dementia care as innovative and thorough in its approach -- being both effective and transformative. It had a bold vision that was well executed in a challenging environment."

Best leadership development programme

Gold - Transport for London in partnership with t-three: TfL Customer Services Transformation programme
Silver - Tao Leadership and Sky: Invest in BEST
Bronze - HomeServe with Lane4: Leading 4 Success

Judges’ comments on the winner:
Overcoming significant barriers, political, cultural and organisational to deliver over a sustained period. This TfL and t-three programme has catalysed and embedded exceptional results. In a process where engagement scores and KPI’s usually decline, they have seen positive increases, demonstrated in tangible, visible changes."

Best sales programme                                                        

Gold - Wickes in partnership with Blue Sky Performance Improvement: The £1m DC programme
Silver - O2: Practice Accelerator
Bronze - Avant Talent Team: Sales Academy

Judges’ comments on the winner:
A massively impressive, thorough and robust sales transformation programme which has not only produced exceptional results, but has also changed the entire feel of the organisation. Notable for the inclusion of store managers, regional managers, and divisional directors that ensured alignment with the business."

Best customer service programme 

Gold - Oplift and Virgin Media: Albert
Silver - Fuller, Smith and Turner PLC: Fuller's Service Coaches
Silver - Sponge UK with AXA Business Insurance: Inspiring Customer First

Judges’ comments on the winner: 
This programme impressed the judges with its innovative and engaging approach to improving product knowledge and customer service via the use of Albert! This is an online platform that is updated daily with product knowledge to help Virgin Media teams in store deliver a better service."

Best apprenticeship programme                                              

Gold - Greene King: Greene King Apprenticeship Programme
Silver - Byrne Bros (Formwork): Byrne Bros Apprenticeship Scheme
Bronze - BT Fleet: BT Fleet Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship Scheme

Judges’ comments on the winner:
“Greene King clearly identifies the challenge faced by the business and are using apprenticeships and the levy to tackle specific workforce issues. There is strong buy-in at all levels and they are delivering at scale nationwide with a diverse range of businesses through strong consistent communications."

Best operational programme

Gold - South of England NHS Mental Health Collaborative
Silver - Moto Hospitality Ltd: Achieve in Moto Programme
Bronze - Thomas Cook UK&I: Retail Check-in Programme

Judges’ comments on the winner:
The South of England Mental Health Collaborative recognised the biggest priorities in their entire organisation and, using empowering ways to get the right results and using lean and collaborative means, they achieved their desired results. This should be an example to the profession, both in terms of focus and employee-centred solutions."

Best organisational development programme

Gold - Four Seasons Health Care: Care Home Nursing Journal
Silver - East of England Co-op: Know How - Leadership
Bronze - Alzeimer's Society: Organisational Values and Behaviours

Judges’ comments on the winner:
The design of this intervention, which on the surface appears very simple, completely meets the needs of the organisation and has had significant impact. A particular strength was that Four Seasons Health Care decided to make these resources freely available to anyone (even competitors) making the impact even greater and is improving healthcare outcomes in care homes everywhere."

L&D team of the year                                                                               

Gold - East of England Co-op L&D Team
Silver - Learning to Learn at Foster + Partners
Bronze - AbbVie UK Learning Team
Bronze - Westcoast Learning & Development Team

Judges’ comments on the winner:
“This small team is making a big difference to the East of England Co-op, creating a culture of learning and engagement with the business. The team demonstrates clear examples of creativity and innovation within a minimal budget along with inspirational energy and passion for L&D."

L&D professional of the year                                                                             

Gold - Louise Morris, Four Seasons Health Care
Silver - Loiza Tallon, Westcoast
Bronze - Preethi Anand, HSBC

Judges’ comments on the winner:
“Louise has had a transformational impact not only on the learning and development of staff at Four Seasons Health Care, but also on the well-being of residents. Through a review of an existing programme Louise drove design and improvement which has had significant benefits through improved care, staff practice and confidence and commitment to their work and professional development."