Incredible impact.

Tremendous training.

Royal recognition.

Free to enter the Awards are open to employers in the UK and Ireland who can show how investing in training has directly improved their people and organisational performance.

The Awards are currently closed for entry, but you can register your interest for 2025.

The Princess Royal Training Awards

Training is at the core of every successful business. It allows you to recruit better staff, retain quality colleagues and future proof your talent pipeline.

It’s the investment that offers a return time and time again.

We are delighted to offer this prestigious award, in line with the City & Guilds values, to employers in the UK and Ireland who can prove that their outstanding training and skills development programmes have resulted in exceptional benefits for their business.

See the video from the 2022 awards ceremony

Princess Royal Training Awards

About the awards

Honouring and celebrating employers who believe and can prove that investing in training their staff has resulted in exceptional benefits for their business.

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

About the awards >

Princess Royal Training Awards

How to apply

To be considered for a Princess Royal Training Award you need to fill in an application and provide evidence of how training has positively impacted on your business.

Find out how to structure your application and what types of evidence to supply.

How to apply >

Princess Royal Training Awards 2021 ceremony

2023 recipients

Be inspired by the work of a community of professionals who invest in their most valuable asset – their people.

See more details about the organisations who received the standard as well as in-depth case studies from previous winners.

2023 recipients >

Skills Share 2024: a room full of training royalty

On 1 May 2024 we launched our first ever Skills Share event at Guildhall, London. This was a space to network and learn from the 200+ organisations who have successfully achieved a Princess Royal Training Award over the past nine years.

Celebrating the very best training and development programmes in the UK and Ireland

Last week, 53 recipients from the UK and Ireland were warmly welcomed to St James’s Palace, in London, to receive their Princess Royal Training Award from Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal. Now in their eighth year, the Princess Royal Training Awards were set up...

Celebrating the impact of learning and development

At the heart of City & Guilds is our purpose which has skills development deep rooted in it. And through the Foundation one of our jobs is to celebrate where really great skills development is happening, and an example of how we do that is our Princess Royal Training Award programme.

Princess Royal Training Awards 2023 Recipients: in the press

Here is a roundup of the media coverage following the announcement of the 2023 Princess Royal Training Awards recipients. National news FE News:...

53 Princess Royal Training Awards across UK and Ireland for achieving positive impact through skills development

HRH The Princess Royal, President of the City and Guilds of London Institute, has approved 53 Awards to a range of organisations across the UK and Ireland, for their outstanding training and skills development programmes, all of which have shown a significant positive...

Demonstrating the impact of outstanding training with The Princess Royal Training Awards class of 2022 It’s not often you can bring a range of employers together in a room from large multinational banks to small charities devoted to the welfare of donkeys; this is what makes the Princess Royal Training Awards so unique. Now...

Celebrating 46 UK organisations who have outstanding workplace training programmes with HRH The Princess Royal

London, Thursday 8th December: On Tuesday 6th December, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, welcomed 46 organisations to Banqueting House in London to celebrate successfully achieving a Princess Royal Training Award for their commitment to training and development....

Outstanding workplace training programmes recognised in HRH The Princess Royal’s training awards

HRH The Princess Royal, President of City & Guilds, awards employers with outstanding training and skills development programmes which have been proven to have significant positive impact on their business or their staff More apprenticeship programmes have been...

HRH The Princess Royal visits Xtrac Academy

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal’s visit to meet recipients of her eponymous Princess Royal Training Award, assessed by City & Guilds she serves as president, was accommodated by the motorsport & automotive transmission technology specialist Xtrac at its...

HRH The Princess Royal visits The Thames Skills Academy

HRH The Princess Royal met members of The Thames Skills Academy (TSA) on 10 May, in a visit showcasing pioneering work to improve safety skills for everyone working on and beside the river. At the end of her tour at Butler’s Wharf, led by TSA’s CEO Katherine Riggs and...

Who can enter?

Princess Royal Training Awards

The awards are open to all organisations in the UK and Ireland regardless of size and sector and are free to enter.

More than one application may be submitted for an organisation if it has introduced multiple training initiatives. Each training initiative must have resulted in different benefits for the business.

You can apply to revalidate your programme if it’s been three years or longer since you achieved the Award. Find out more about how to get revalidated.

Read more about the application process.

Case study: prioritising talent to open up opportunities to women at Amey

This leading infrastructure services and engineering company identified the Women@Amey network to attract and retain women in a male-dominated industry. Amey PlcYear awarded 2023Region LondonSize 1000+ employeesSector Construction and engineering“A great opportunity...

Case study: home-growing future managers through exceptional training opportunities at Red Carnation Hotels

This collection of family-run hotels achieved an Award in 2017 and went on to gain a revalidation in 2020. Since then it has further developed its Graduate Management programme with 53 participants commencing the training in the 3 years following, leading to the...

Case Study: using training to benefit people and the planet at Fifty Shades Greener

This small company which educates organisations on how to reduce their carbon footprint through changing their behaviours showcases its own commitment to learning through its tailored employee induction programme. Green Skills for Life is central to the training,...

Case study: the meaningful impact of receiving an Award on MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)

In this video, Amy Atkins from 2022 recipient MOLA, talks about the meaningful impact of receiving a Princess Royal Training Award.

Case Study: Travis Perkins trailblazing in the construction sector

Travis Perkins plc, one of the UK’s leading builders merchants, has been proactive in tackling the challenges facing the construction industry, with a significant focus on decarbonisation and the need to adopt more modern methods of construction; as well as...

Case study: a sustainable approach to securing the next generation of leaders at OnSide

The youth work sector has faced significant challenges in recent years, with a billion-pound reduction in investment and a depleting pool of talent in senior leadership.OnSideYear awarded 2022Region BoltonSize <50 employeesSector CharitiesEmbracing challenges...

Case study: valuing individuality and diversity at Cox London

Research by UNESCO in 2022 into the creative industries demonstrated a decline in the value of the cultural and leisure sectors and a substantial loss of jobs since the Covid-19 pandemic. The heritage craft industry, which was already at risk before the crisis, has...

Case study: an innovative approach to apprenticeships at Xtrac

Xtrac, a world-leading manufacturer of transmission solutions for motorsports and the high-performance automotive industry, was facing a developing skills gap resulting from an ageing workforce in the automotive sector.XtracYear awarded 2021Region ThatchamSize 250-999...

Case study: a small programme at MPCT with a big impact

In a post-pandemic world, where mental health issues have risen considerably on a global scale, investing in the mental health and well-being of employees has become increasingly significant for businesses and organisations.MPCTYear awarded 2021Region CardiffSize 178...

Case study: what achieving an Award means for EDM Zone

In this video, Production Manager and former apprentice Roger Wilson talks about how EDM Zone invest in apprentices and how achieving a Princess Royal Training Award in 2021 is having a positive impact on the business.

City & Guilds are professional and passionate about training on every level and we try our very best to follow their world class standard.


2019 and 2020 Recipient

We are so delighted to be awarded a Princess Royal Training Award for our UK Apprenticeship programme. The assessment process was rigorous, yet rewarding as the assessment team really took the time to understand our business as well as the value our apprenticeships have brought.

Lisa Robbins


Register your interest

Register your interest and we will be in touch once the applications open.

Help with your application

PRTA Workshop

Support workshops

Our free workshops offer practical help and support to anyone thinking of applying for a Princess Royal Training Award and is a great way to meet other applicants.

Tea and chat session

Tea & chat sessions

These 30 minute sessions are designed to let you find out more about the Awards in an informal setting. Bring your brew and any questions you may have. No question is a silly question.

Application Support Resource

Application Support Resource

This page was designed to provides as much information, help and support as possible as you work your way through the application form.

I would encourage anyone thinking about applying, not to give up. Having attended the workshop this time last year, we were clearer on the evidence that we needed to have to re-apply and that made it easier for us second time round.

Light Foundations

2022 Recipient

Achieving the Award shows that the business is sustainable and that the systems and processes we have in place are actually working.

EDM Zone

2021 Recipient

About the awards

Learn more about the origins of the awards programme and who the team of assessors are.

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