Timeline:

4 Mar
' Entries Open '
12 Jun
' Entries Closed '
29 Jul
' Shortlist Announced '
3 Dec
' Awards & Gala Dinner '

Categories & Criteria

Best Apprenticeship Programme

TJ’s Best Apprenticeship Programme looks for new and innovative ways in which organisations are offering work and training opportunities to people of all ages. Entries have to come from fully accredited apprenticeship programmes only.

The judges are looking for initiatives and practitioners that:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of best practice in L&D and VET
  • Understand the organisation, its aims and objectives
  • Show good problem-solving skills, horizon scanning and forward thinking
  • Have clear evidence of success

Best Coaching/Mentoring Programme

This category is open to any internally developed coaching or mentoring programme. It can involve the use of external coaches but should be owned by the applying organisation. It can involve any type of coaching model or methodology. This award is looking for a coaching programme that has made a substantial contribution to organisational success.

TJ is also looking for organisations that use informal and formal mentoring schemes to support employee development. While often talked about in similar terms to coaching, mentoring is a very different and powerful development tool and we want see some of the best programmes being used today.

The judges are looking for initiatives that:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of best practice excellence in the field of coaching, mentoring and L&D
  • Understand the organisation, its aims and objectives
  • Show good problem-solving skills, horizon scanning and forward thinking
  • Have clear evidence of success.

Best Commercial Programme

This category is open to commercial organisations regardless of size. The judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate learning and development’s understanding of their company’s business objectives and their ability to design, deliver and evaluate their interventions accordingly.

The judges are looking for initiatives that:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of best practice excellence in the field of L&D
  • Understand the organisation, its aims and objectives
  • Show good problem-solving skills, horizon scanning and forward thinking
  • Have clear evidence of success.

Best Customer Experience Programme

The customer experience is recognised as a key differentiator for business success and as organisations compete for customers in the today’s tough economic climate developing those individuals and teams of the customer service department is vital.

TJ is looking for L&D initiatives that tackle the issue with clarity and commitment in order to ensure that customer service delivers real results for the business.

The judges are looking for initiatives and practitioners that:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of best practice excellence in the field of customer experience and L&D
  • Understand the organisation, its aims and objectives
  • Show good problem-solving skills, horizon scanning and forward thinking
  • Have clear evidence of success.

Best Diversity & Inclusion Programme

We live in a truly diverse society but often our organisations do not reflect that variety. Ensuring organisations are truly inclusive demands constant action to ensure that people’s innate, unconscious bias is not influencing decision making and interactions in an organisation. A failure to address issues around diversity and inclusion can result in a loss of talent and impact on the organisation’s profile with customers, partners and external talent.

The judges are looking for initiatives and practitioners that:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of best practice excellence in the field of diversity, inclusion and L&D
  • Understand the organisation, its aims and objectives
  • Show good problem-solving skills, horizon scanning and forward thinking
  • Have clear evidence of success.

Best Engagement Programme

This category is open to any organisation and sector. The judges will be looking for organisations that demonstrate how they harness the talents and creativity of their people to make their organisation more productive and a better place to work. This can be through a holistic, cultural approach or through a specific programme or initiative. Organisations that have engaged employees demonstrate key behaviours.

  • Give their people control at work
  • Empower them to make decisions
  • Trust them with the benefits of working flexibly
  • Allow them time to work on their own special projects
  • Encourage diversity and inclusion
  • Have a process for listening and feedback from staff
  • Adapt organisational practice on the basis of staff feedback
  • Encourage personal development
  • Create a culture of care
  • Build creative benefit packages.

Best Leadership Development Programme

TJ is looking for outstanding and innovative leadership development programmes from any sector.  The initiative should be new and original and not simply the implementation of an existing accredited programme – although subsequent accreditation of a new programme may be an advantage.

The judges are looking for initiatives and practitioners that:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of best practice excellence in the field of leadership and L&D
  • Understand the organisation, its aims and objectives
  • Show good problem-solving skills, horizon scanning and forward thinking
  • Have clear evidence of success.

Best Public Service/ Not-for-Profit Programme

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This category is open to all publicly funded and not-for-profit organisations. This could be government departments, the NHS, local authorities, charities and social enterprise and community programmes at national and local levels. The programme entered can be any training or learning initiative that has made a substantial contribution towards the success of the organisation, its customer group, community or beneficiaries.

The judges are looking for initiatives that:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of best practice excellence in the field of L&D
  • Understand the organisation, customer group, community or beneficiaries and their aims and objectives
  • Show good problem-solving skills, horizon scanning and forward thinking
  • Have clear evidence of success.

Best Talent Development Programme

TJ is looking for innovative and successful talent development programmes from apprenticeship programmes and leadership development, to coaching initiatives and operational skills development - anything that directly impacts talent and its performance.

The judges are looking for initiatives that:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of best practice excellence in the field of skills, learning and development
  • Understand the need to nurture and develop all talent in an organisation
  • Show creativity and innovation in developing skills within their organisation
  • Have a proven evidence that this talent programme has benefited the individuals who have taken part and the organisation as a whole.

Best Training Partnership

Applications to this category should demonstrate good collaboration, understanding and co-operation between two or more organisations to achieve a particular goal or business outcome.

One member of the partnership should submit the application and all queries and communications will be directed to them in the first instance, however the application should list all those who form the partnership. Should their application be shortlisted, representatives from each member of the partnership should attend the interview if at all possible.

The judges are looking for initiatives that:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of best practice excellence in the field of L&D
  • Understanding of all partner organisations - their aims and objectives
  • Show good problem-solving skills, horizon scanning and forward thinking
  • Have clear evidence of success.

Best Use of Technology in Learning

Sponsored By

The entries should demonstration how the use of the technology has been linked clearly to business goals and should not simply be an exploration of the technology used but a demonstration of how the use of this technology had made real impact on business results.

You may submit an example of the technology employed through a dedicated link made available to the judges throughout the judging process - March to September 2018.

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of best practice excellence in the field of L&D
  • Understand the organisation, its aims and objectives
  • Show good problem-solving skills, horizon scanning and forward thinking
  • Have a clear understanding of how to use technology to facilitate great learning and improve organisational performance
  • Have clear evidence of success.

L&D Professional of the Year

Sponsored By

The nominated individual should have outstanding L&D proficiency demonstrated by a proven track record over a number of years or through a significant contribution to an organisational initiative over the last 12 months.

Entries in this category must be submitted by an independent nominee.

The judges are looking for candidates that:

  • Show a clear understanding of best practice excellence in the field of L&D
  • Understand the organisation, its aims and objectives
  • Display good problem-solving skills, horizon scanning and forward thinking
  • Have a proven track record over a number of years or through a significant contribution to an organisational initiative over the last 12 months.

L&D Team of the Year

Sponsored By

This category gives high-functioning L&D teams the opportunity to showcase their achievements. We will be looking for the best in team working and L&D with a specific focus on business and organisational outcomes.

The judges are looking for teams that:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of best practice excellence in the field of L&D
  • Understand the organisation, its aims and objectives
  • Show good problem-solving skills, horizon scanning and forward thinking
  • Have a proven track record over a number of years or through a significant contribution to an organisational initiative over the last 12 months.

TJ Special Achievement Award

Following the success of this category in 2018, the TJ Special Achievement Award is back for this year's award programme. This is gives the L&D community the opportunity to nominate those major figures in L&D that are making real impact on the industry. This could be through innovative practise, thought-provoking blogs, books, video, podcasts or live events, development of new theory and software.

To nominate candidates please email the category champion TJ’s editor-in-chief, Debbie Carter at debbie.carter@trainingjournal.com providing the following information:

Name of nominee
Social media contact information for nominee
Why you feel they deserve the recognition of a TJ Award for Special Achievement
Name and contact information of the nominator.

Nominations can be accepted up to 17.00 on 12 June 2019.