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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 who can prove that their outstanding training and skills development programmes have resulted in exceptional benefits for their business.

Princess Royal Training Awards Ceremony 2019

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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.

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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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2021 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.

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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...

48 UK organisations celebrate the Princess Royal Training Awards with HRH Princess Anne

On Thursday 28th April, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, welcomed 48 organisations to Mansion House in London to celebrate them receiving Princess Royal Training Awards for their commitment to training and development in 2021.   Currently in its sixth...

Why (and How) there are more Women in Leadership roles at Finance Company, Towergate Insurance

Which women in leadership do you admire? Head of Learning & Development, Ian Sadler, adds to the conversation amongst today’s thought leaders on why more women in leadership are needed in male-dominated industries to help organisations stay competitive, and tells...

Sparta Global: Helping employees feel included and psychologically safe

There’s a big question mark over what training in a hybrid working culture should focus on. People want to feel better connected to colleagues and more flexibility in where they work from. To make training work for all, inclusivity will be key.   But what is...

Willis Towers Watson: Accelerating opportunities for junior consultants

Sharing best practice and providing 'live' development opportunities were key to the success of Willis Towers Watson's award-winning training programme, Pathfinder, led by Helena Ingram. How do you involve mentors and buddies in the programmes at your organisation? To...

BAE Systems: Investing in young people beginning careers in STEM

How do you inspire the next generations to work in your industry? See how 2021 Princess Royal Training Awards Winner BAE Systems, led by Head of Apprenticeships & Skills Mark Donnelly, recruited 700 plus apprentices last year, 90% aged between 16 and 25, from...

IBM: Helping bring out the best in learners

All the recent change to the way we work makes it more challenging for new recruits and interns to reach their potential. Here I share how IBM improved their intern programme to help bring out the best in learners and make them as ‘self-sufficient’ as possible, while...

PwC: Driving a collaborative digital culture

Are you developing training programmes to help accelerate digital transformation? For inspiration, read about how PwC UK developed the skills of change agents to support its firmwide transformation. PwC is one of the brilliant Princess Royal Training...

Sky: What are your sure-fire ways to get new-starters inducted well?

Sky recently took a look at their induction process and made some changes that increased speed to competence and improved Net Promoter Score! With the pandemic creating a growing need for advisers to help customers, and to help colleagues with the...

Who can enter?

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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.

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.

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 Oakes

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

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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

The Awards on social media

We are delighted to have received 91 applications for this year's #PrincessRoyalTrainingAwards and have seen 48 organisations progress to the second stage of the assessment process.

A huge thank you to all applicants!

.@xtraclimited welcomed HRH The Princess Royal at their headquarters in Berkshire.

Princess Anne visited recipients of her #PrincessRoyalTrainingAwards, assessed by the @cityandguilds Group she serves as president. Find out about her visit:
https://www.eurekamagazine.co.uk/content/news/hrh-the-princess-royal-visits-xtrac-academy

📣 The Princess Royal Training Awards showcases that training is at the core of every successful business

Earlier on in the year we entered a submission and we've just heard we have made it to the next stage 👏👏

#PrincessRoyalTrainingAwards

Congratulations to the team involved in the innovative Digital Accelerators programme for being recognised by HRH The Princess Royal for excellence in training and development. @louisebrownhill #PrincessRoyalTrainingAwards

A real honour to receive a @cityandguilds #PrincessRoyalTrainingAwards for our UK Pathfinder programme, which has developed over 500 consultants with the skills, confidence and experience needed to be client-facing from an early stage. #Training #Careers http://ow.ly/nFg350J3GpE

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