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Princess Royal Training Awards

Make your mark

An exclusive honour recognising learning and development that leads to business success.

Exclusive awards ceremony

All organisations who achieve the Princess Royal Training Awards standard are invited to an exclusive awards ceremony at St James’s Palace.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal presents the awards and meets with award winners during a champagne reception and lavish afternoon tea.

Standard achievers

So far over 70 UK businesses have achieved the Princess Royal Training Awards standard since it was introduced.

The successful organisations are from a wide range of sectors, sizes and industries who demonstrate that training and skills development can make a significant impact on business success.

Learn more about applying

Applications for the Princess Royal Training Awards are now open.

You can learn more about the submission process which includes an online application and, for successful organisations, a visit from one of our assessors.

2018 Brochure

We have released our latest brochure which has lots of information about the awards.

Have a look to find out more about the awards and some of the past recipients.

Preview the Application Form

Interested in finding out more about the application form and what is involved?

Have a look at the form before you apply. You can submit your application online or fill in a Word document, whatever is easier for you.

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 Group values, to employers in the UK who can prove that their outstanding training and skills development programmes have resulted in exceptional commercial benefits for their business.

About the awards

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

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

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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.

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Community of Excellence

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.

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Who can enter?

The awards are open to all organisations in the UK 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.

Register your interest

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

The benefits of gaining a Princess Royal Training Award for a small business like us have been massive. It’s given us a sense of kudos and shown that we have longevity within the business and it’s given us a greater gravitas within the industry.

Jane Oaks

Green Lighting

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

Starbucks

World-leading motorsport engineering company Xtrac wins Princess Royal Training Award for its apprenticeship programme

Thatcham-based transmission technology company Xtrac has received royal recognition for the “extremely high standard” of its apprenticeship scheme, which started more than 25 years ago, shortly after the business was founded in 1984. The firm, which now...

In the press: UKFast scoops major training and education award

Coud technology firm UKFast has been honoured with a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award. The Manchester-based company has been recognised for continuous outstanding dedication to bridging the digital skills gap and encouraging ongoing professional development....

In the press: The Donkey Sanctuary receives royal recognition for employee training

The Donkey Sanctuary has been commended by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal for its inspirational commitment to the learning and development of its staff. This is the second time the charity has received royal recognition for its work. It was among 48...

In the press: Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma honoured with Princess Training Award 2018

The Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma (MIALD) has been recognised by the 2018 Princess Royal Training Awards. Designed to develop management and leadership skills, the programme has been awarded for its commitment to training and the positive...

In the press: Princess Royal Training Award for Crest Nicholson

In recognition of its internal training programme, which is aimed at tackling the building industry skills gap, national housebuilder Crest Nicholson has been commended by the 2018 Princess Royal Training Award, an accolade for UK employers that have...

In the press: 2018 recipients’ August news roundup

It has been a busy couple of weeks since we announced the 48 Princess Royal Training Awards recipients on HRH The Princess Royal's birthday. Since then the recipients have been featured in local and national news articles talking about their successful training...

2018 recipients: Royal recognition for UK businesses upskilling their employees

We are happy to announce the names of 48 businesses commended by the 2018 Princess Royal Training Awards. The prestigious Awards honour UK companies including River Island, John Lewis, RBS, the Royal Air Force and GSK for their outstanding training and development...

The impact of awards on recruitment – A signal to attract top-talent

What is a company without its employees?  The heart and soul of every great company is its people and the most successful organisations are those which recruit the right people.  People with passion, drive, and a shared sense of purpose. Recruitment can be the...

Using training to respond to new challenges

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that none of us knows what the future holds. We can make as many predictions as we like, but the reality is that life will always throw the unexpected at us. That’s true on a personal level, but it will also sound familiar to anyone...

Why applying for business awards is worth the effort

If only there were 25 hours in a day. Faced with competing priorities and with resources often stretched, applying for an award is rarely at the top of any business owner’s agenda – too often we simply don’t have enough time. Yet while there are obvious benefits to...

The Awards on YouTube

We are really pleased to have been recognised with the Princess Royal Training Award for our flagship ‘Basic Training Scheme’ known affectionately as BTS. Learning and development is vital to remaining agile in a highly competitive market. Hilti invests over £1.3 million each year in training employees to support our Champion 2020 growth strategy.

Laura Stringer

Hilti

Part of the success of Green Lighting’s training programme is the flexibility it offers to employees. The organisation tailors CPD plans to expand employee’s skills, developing expertise that will benefit them in their existing roles and allowing them to diversify into another areas of the business based on individual’s longer-term career ambitions.

Anthony Ottoway

Green Lighting

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