Inclusion and diversity commendation

We offer an additional commendation for employers who receive an Award and have demonstrated a significant commitment to inclusion and diversity.

This commendation is assessed through the submitted application and supporting evidence.

What do we mean by inclusion and diversity?


Including and supporting disadvantaged people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, so they feel respected, valued and supported.


Recognising, respecting and valuing the differences between people, both in the workplace, and in wider society.

Why are diversity and inclusion important to the Princess Royal Training Awards?

At the City & Guilds Group, we believe that everyone should have an opportunity to grow within their workplace and contribute to business success.

A more diverse and inclusive workforce can also boost business. Research from McKinsey & Company showed that ethnically diverse companies are likely to financially outperform non-diverse companies by 35%. Gender diverse companies also outperform less diverse companies by 15%.

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How can I achieve a special commendation for inclusion and diversity?

Any organisation who achieves the Princess Royal Training Awards standard can be considered for a special commendation as long as you have the evidence to show how your training is as accessible to all your people as possible and how you are making your people feel valued and included.

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Assessors will be looking for exemplars of best practice in this field as demonstrated in Hallmark 2, Part 1 where applicants need to demonstrate that appropriate consideration has been given to diversity and inclusion in the planning and delivery of their training programme, as well as how the programme is evaluated to verify it has reached all target groups. The Princess Royal Training Awards Commission will make the final decision as to who can receive a special commendation.

How to apply

Learn more about the application process and the steps to take to put together a great submission.

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