About the Awards

Honouring employers who have created outstanding training and skills development programmes which have resulted in exceptional benefits.

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

Benefits of the Awards

Applying for a Princess Royal Training Award will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on what you have achieved through your investment in training. We provide you with one-to-one support through the application process and all applicants receive tailored written feedback on their application. Achieving this prestigious award allows you to be externally recognised for your achievements and sets you apart from your competitors.

Recipients of the Award are invited to display the award logo on their websites, business and recruitment communications and products, bringing industry-wide recognition. You will also join the Princess Royal Training Awards Alumni providing access to a network of award holders who, like you, believe in the huge value of training and development.


How to apply

The Awards are free to enter and are open to organisations of all sizes, and from all sectors in the UK and Ireland. Entrants will receive tailored support throughout the application process. Applications are open from 03 January – 31 March 2023.

The first stage of the process is the completion of an online application form. If you are successful at this stage, you will progress to the second stage which comprises a virtual visit with an Assessor. A prestigious awards celebration for those who achieve the standard will take place in the autumn.

Some words from our President

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

Princess Royal Training Awards

‘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.’

HRH The Princess Royal is the president of The City and Guilds of London Institute, the founding organisation for City & Guilds and its community of brands.

City & Guilds Foundation

The awards are delivered by the City & Guilds Foundation, which was set up to amplify the work we do across City & Guilds; removing some of the biggest barriers to jobs, celebrating best practice on the job, and advocating for jobs of the future.

City & Guilds works with education providers, employers and governments in over 100 countries across the world to help people, businesses and economies grow by shaping skills systems and supporting skills development. Our brands include City & Guilds, ILM, Kineo, The Oxford Group, Gen2, Intertrain and TradeSkills4U.

Meet the Assessors

Applications will be reviewed by a team of independent Assessors, led by a Chief Assessor. The Princess Royal Training Awards Assessors have been selected for their experience in training and skills development across a wide range of organisations and sectors.

The Awards Ceremony

The Princess Royal Training Awards ceremony takes place in the autumn at a prestigious London venue such as St James’s Palace or Mansion House.

The Application Process

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?
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 virtual visit to your organisation by an independent Assessor and a representative from City & Guilds known as an Ambassador
  • HRH The Princess Royal reviews all of the applications that meet the standard
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

The Hallmarks

Learn more about the standards and criteria which are used to evaluate applications for the Awards.

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