Princess Royal Training Awards


Princess Royal Training Awards

The Princess Royal Training Awards is a new honour for employers in the UK who have created outstanding training and skills development programmes which have resulted in exceptional commercial benefits.

Highlighting excellence in training initiatives

The awards were created to reflect the values of the City & Guilds Group, highlighting the positive impact that training and skills initiatives can have on business performance. An award is given to organisations who have reached a standard of excellence in this area. Organisations achieving this award will gain industry-wide recognition, distinguishing them as innovative leaders and forward thinkers.

Our President, HRH The Princess Royal

Our President
HRH The Princess Royal

The awards are supported by our President, HRH The Princess Royal, who is a keen advocate of skills development.

"Many employers are making positive contributions to our wider communities and economies by up-skilling and empowering their employees. The Princess Royal Training Awards provide a platform for such employers, giving them the accolade they deserve."



The Princess Royal Training Award was created to champion inspirational work. The award was designed with the help of industry experts to identify excellent training, learning and development programmes to encourage best practice in skills development.

The result is an award that highlights the range and quality of training that exists in industry.


Achieving this prestigious award can help individual organisations by distinguishing them from their competitors. The award identifies the recipients as authorities in training and skills development. Recipients of the award are invited to display the award logo on their websites, business communications and products, bringing industry-wide recognition.

Entrants will receive support throughout the application process. The feedback will enable companies to analyse their training, learning and development strategies. It will also help companies to plan and deliver training in a more effective way.


The awards are open to organisations of all sizes, and from all sectors in the UK. Applications can be made online from 15 January 2016. The very first awards ceremony will take place in autumn 2016.

What information is needed for the application?

Your application needs to demonstrate how the initiative has been innovative, timely and effective in meeting business needs and in supporting the growth of employees.

In preparation for your application, consider:

  • Which of your training, learning and development initiatives is the most outstanding?
  • What is the initiative, and what is it meant to achieve?
  • How does it encourage training best practice to support the organisation?
  • How does it help employees and/or volunteers?
  • How does the initiative promote your organisation’s commitment to learning and skills development?

Find out more about making your application on the Submission process page.

Register your interest in applying or complete the application form to apply.

What does the application process involve?

  • The first part is a written evaluation where you can explain how your organisation’s learning initiative has been successful
  • The next part is a supporting statement from your senior management
  • If these are successful, the final part takes the form of a visit to your organisation by an independent assessor
  • The Princess Royal Training Awards Commission (an independent assessment board) will make the final decision about which organisations meet the standard.

Find out more about making your application on the Submission process page.

Register your interest in applying or complete the application form to apply.

What support is provided?

Just by applying, your organisation will receive free support and feedback, which includes:

  • An evaluation to help build skills and training
  • The opportunity to improve your business operations
  • Dedicated support during the online application process
  • A peer-led, independent assessment by respected industry experts

Find out more about making your application on the Submission process page.

Register your interest in applying.


Exclusive awards ceremony

The inaugural Princess Royal Training Awards ceremony will take place on 24 November 2016 at St James's Palace. 34 organisations will receive recognition for  excellence in training and skills development.

Find out more about this year's Awards recipients>

Key dates

  • Applications open

    03 Jan '17 – Applications for the Princess Royal Training Awards 2017 open

  • Awards Ceremony

    24 Nov '16 – All the recipients are invited to attend a prestigious awards ceremony at St James’s Palace in London.

  • Awards recipients announced

    15 Aug '16 – All applicants are notified and the first Princess Royal Training Awards recipients are announced.

  • Validation visits

    01 Jun '16 – Validation visits take place until 17 June

  • Applications close

    15 Apr '16 – Applications for the Princess Royal Training Awards close

Peter Coley

Peter Coley

Head of Learning & Development, St Mungo's

We support the Princess Royal Training Awards as we think that exceptional individual and organisational performance is driven by investment in the training and learning of employees.

 At St Mungo’s, we believe passionately in the personal development of every one of our employees. The quality of our services are due to their commitment and competence.

Mike Thomson

Mike Thompson

Head of Early Careers, Barclays

We really welcome these new awards. We put a high emphasis on our training and learning and development strategy to support our business development.

" We put a high emphasis on our training and learning and development strategy to support our business development and it's great to see the Princess Royal Training Awards will be recognising the benefits which come from doing just that!"

Sandra Warren

Sandra Warren

Head of Education and Leadership Development, Compass Group UK & Ireland

The creation of this new award confirms that learning and development is clearly linked to an organisation’s performance.

"The awards will identify how the UK’s most successful businesses do just that and encourage employers to develop higher standards in employee training."


Nicky Taylor, Head of Learning, Samworth Brothers

Nicky Taylor

Head of Learning, Samworth Brothers

At Samworth Brothers, we believe that behind every successful business is a motivated team of people contributing to its success.

"As a company we are committed to growing our people and each of our bakery businesses has a clear strategy which sets out what it needs to achieve to be best in class. This is what the Princess Royal Training Awards is set to recognise and encourage.

"Our bakeries are amongst some of the most efficient in the industry. The work we have done to improve the efficiency of our operations by up-skilling our Operators and providing new career paths has had a significant impact on our productivity. To stay competitive, we also need to ensure that as business requirements change, our people can quickly respond to new demands and expectations.

"Both Ginsters and Tamar Foods take an inclusive and innovative approach to developing people.  Through our Samworth Academy, a broad range of learning & development opportunities are available to all employees including access to a company library,  a cross company Mentoring and Coaching Programme and a personal development programme.

"Creating a culture where people continually learn and develop helps us deliver this with an agility that gives us competitive advantage.  Good people make good products and that lies at the core of our business sustainability."

Niki Frazer

Niki Frazer

Learning and Development Manager, Pets at Home

We place a huge amount of emphasis on the learning and development of our colleagues. This is true across the business but especially notable in retail.

"This is true across the business but especially notable in retail where the majority of our colleagues work.

"We make a considerable investment in equipping our colleagues with the knowledge our customers expect of a specialist retailer. Over the last 3 years we have improved our internal capability to become more flexible and deliver bespoke, in-house training programmes. These have been specifically developed to deliver our business objectives and now directly support our business strategy, in line with our values and mission to be ‘The Best Pet shop in the world’.

"Our range of specialist training programmes have had a positive impact on Advanced Nutrition Food sales, whilst programmes focused on customer service have seen store sales increase. Our development programmes have helped the business to improve sales and reduce costs, which has directly impacted on our bottom line."

Liz Willis Head of Learning and Development Caring Homes Group

Liz Willis

Head of Learning and Development, Caring Homes Group

Recognising the value that investing in training and skills development can bring is important.

"One of the most fundamental components of providing high quality care and support is to ensure that our dedicated colleague teams are able to access the right training at the right time. Not only is this important in ensuring that colleagues have the right training to deliver the most compassionate and effective care and support, but it is also critical that Caring Homes Group (CHG) is able to evidence to regulators such as the CQC, Care Inspectorate and CSSIW that colleagues have received the appropriate levels of training at each individual home or service.

"CHG have developed ‘Living in my World’ specialist dementia care training to help care colleagues working in our care homes understand how those with dementia see the world. We have also developed a bespoke Learning Management System (LMS), eCademy, which has revolutionised the delivery of training and the ability to provide detailed reporting to demonstrate compliance to regulators. CHG have recently launched a Managers Training Programme and ‘The Future Leaders Programme’ which is unique to Caring Homes Group.

"eCademy, ‘Living in My World’ and our Leadership Training Programmes have made a significant positive impact on the delivery of training to colleagues through the use of bespoke e-learning, face to face, on the job learning and reflective sessions developed in-house, giving everyone more time to focus on our purpose of providing Great Care and Support and increasing our compliance levels.”


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