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

by Aug 15, 2022Awards news

  • 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 recognised in 2022, recognising their ability to address skills shortages and increase workplace diversity
  • The first programme dedicated to improving knowledge on climate change and net zero has been awarded in 2022

15 August 2022: City & Guilds has today announced that 47 training programmes will be recognised by the 2022 Princess Royal Training Awards.

Now in its seventh year, The Princess Royal Training Awards continue to recognise organisations truly demonstrating exceptional commitment to learning and development. With skills shortages across the UK increasing and job vacancies doubling, creating engaging learning programmes to grow and retain new and existing talent has never been more crucial.

From small not-for-profit organisations to large multinational employers, the recipients of the award continue to be refreshingly diverse and increasingly innovative in their approach to learning and development each year. Some strong themes have emerged from the programmes created in 2022, including Inclusion & Diversity, quality cross-organisational apprenticeships, and access schemes designed to open up new talent pools and address critical skills gaps.

One of the recipients putting innovation and forward thinking at the heart of their training is OVO Energy with their award-winning programme ‘Changing behaviour through sharing knowledge’. OVO aims to promote net-zero carbon living by equipping employees with knowledge and skills that can be transferred to their customers. The programme has resulted in increased knowledge of climate change (91%), energy transition (95%) and reducing carbon footprints (94%), and 76% of staff remain committed to their action pledges. The training has been so successful with employees that it has now been made available to the wider public, delivering even greater impact.

Hospitality chain Greene King was recognised for its work enhancing social mobility through apprenticeships which created opportunities for young people. This national pub retailer and brewer achieved an Award in 2019 for an apprenticeship programme which has expanded and progressed to enhance employment opportunities for disadvantaged individuals. In addition to high retention rates compared to the rest of the hospitality sector (67%), the range of apprenticeships has increased, a Chef academy has been launched and 64% of employees who started an apprenticeship are still employed at the company.

Kirstie Donnelly MBE, Chief Executive of City & Guilds said: “The Princess Royal Training Awards demonstrate how training and development can open up opportunities and attract new talent to industries with significant skills gaps and labour shortages. Yet again, this year’s recipients have shown the range and depth of learning and development that is taking place in their own organisations to shape growth and positivity, from the power of skills development to address issues such as improving diversity and inclusion, through to programmes to address the ongoing impact of climate change. As we all work towards a net zero future, we hope to see even more training programmes recognised for their work in supporting this vitally important issue, amongst many other areas that create organisational and people development.”

The Princess Royal Training Awards continue to support applicants to understand how to apply successfully for an award. This year saw the introduction of ‘tea and chat’ virtual drop-in sessions for applicants to ask any informal questions, along with a widening participation pilot scheme to help more diverse organisations apply. Training providers working in collaboration with employers can now be recognised when part of a successful application and previous recipients are encouraged to apply for revalidation.

For a full list of this year’s recipients and their training programmes please see the 2022 recipients page or you can find out how to apply for The Princess Royal Training Awards 2023 here.


  1. Tina Maltman

    Thank you so much for awarding us this prestigious Training Award. We are beyond delighted and it feels so good to have all our hard work in supporting childminders recognised.

  2. Nicola Cox

    We are absolutely honoured to be recognised for our commitment to training our people with this prestigious award. It has been such a worthwhile experience being involved and it will certainly spur us on to keep making continuous improvements and further developments in our team.

    Thank you so much.

  3. Keren Jamieson

    We’re absolutely thrilled to be a recipient for this award – and another fantastic thing to celebrate in our 30th year! We’ve really enjoyed sharing with you our commitment and the positive impact we make on both our learners, and the people we support.

    Thank you!

  4. Sian Woolson

    Thrilled, honored and delighted to be awarded this prestigious Training award for our Apprenticeship programme. Added celebration for our 10th Anniversary ! Excellent morale boast for our committed and loyal staff and apprentices. Thank you so much and we will continue to develop our programme to meet the needs of individuals and our business.

  5. Jason Wyatt

    JCB is delighted that this prestigious award has recognised the CornerStone Development Programme for sales leadership training. It celebrates the significant contribution that the alumni of participants have made to business growth through a wide range of roles across the business and reflects the sustained investment by JCB in its people. On my return from annual leave, I have been met today by many happy colleagues proud of their achievements recognised by the Princess Royal Training Award. We are very grateful for this award and what we have learned from the application process.

  6. Gary Shewan

    I am proud that we have been awarded a PRTA for our StepForward Talent programme, evidencing that we continue to evolve and improve the programme and show tangible returns on our investment. The support we get from our senior leaders at L&G is something to be proud of.

  7. Charlotte Driver-Young

    Christies Care are delighted to have achieved the Princess Royal Training Award, for the second time, for the training that we provide for our carers at our in-house training academy . It is essential for us to provide the very best quality training for our carers so that they are equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver the high standards of care that we are renowned for. This award really is a prestigious seal of approval, and we are immensely proud of our team for achieving this honour.


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