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The network

The Princess Royal Training Awards Alumni network is diverse, covering a wide range of sectors, sizes and UK locations.

Being part of the network gives you access to:

  • a private networking group on LinkedIn
  • exclusive opportunities to profile your work
  • unique events to learn and grow your network
I want to educate others on the benefits of having highly-trained volunteers, and how easy it is to do.
Anita Rigler

Volunteer Coordinator, Macmillan Caring Locally

The Alumni network has really been an added and unexpected bonus of the Awards.

Sue Gammons

Coaching Director, GSK

Upcoming events

Past events

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Alumni Connect - Accelerating the careers of female talent: 3 December 2020

Today’s organisations aspire to be more inclusive and are committed to supporting more women to move into leadership roles. For these commitments to be achieved we need more than the traditional approach to leadership development.

Our alumni speaker, Sue Gammons was Coaching Director and Executive Coach at healthcare company GSKSue led the design and delivery of award-winning coaching and leadership development programmes for women and ethnically diverse leaders worldwide.

This session will explore how a combination of 1:1 and group coaching, sponsorship and inclusion dialogues has been successful in addressing gender balance and led GSK to receive a Princess Royal Training Award in 2018.

Alumni Connect (2020 recipients): 21 October 2020

Join this workshop for dedicated support on how to share the good news of your Princess Royal Training Awards achievement.

Hear from previous award recipient Snow Camp about their communications activity (both internally and externally)

Breakout into smaller rooms to meet other people to discuss and share ideas

Learn how to use our resources (including press releases, social media cards, quotes) 

Think about your audiences and learn how to best target and influence them.

Alumni Connect (2020 recipients): 23 September 2020

At this online session our City & Guilds Foundation Director, Sally Eley, will welcome new members to the alumni network.

Find out about the benefits of being part of the network and  hear from current alumni who will tell you about their experiences since their win and share tips on how to get involved.

Alumni Breakfast in Wales: 11 March 2020

Princess Royal Training Awards Alumni are invited to Tata Steel in Wales for a morning of innovative L&D ideas.

The theme is: “Building a talent pipeline in the digital era.”

Hear from alumni Tata Steel and DVLA on tackling the big workforce issues of the future by investing in people now.

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Leaders of tomorrow competition: 4 February 2020

IBM Early Professional Leaders are hosting a competition exclusively for apprentices from Princess Royal Training Awards organisations.

Your apprentices are invited to join a creative, fun workshop in central London during National Apprenticeship Week 2020. They will team up with other apprentices and use design thinking to find the best idea around developing themselves as leaders. Winners will get a £50 prize.

This is a fantastic opportunity for your apprentices to meet and work with their peers in other industries, to clock up off the job learning hours, and to get involved during one of the most important weeks for apprenticeships in the UK.

Apprentices will also earn an IBM digital badge to show their design thinking skills, and have the chance to network over drinks and canapes.

Catalyst for Change Workshop: 4 December 2019

Free interactive development day for senior HR and L&D professionals delivered by our colleagues at The Oxford Group.

The event has been designed in consultation with senior HR professionals to help enhance your credibility and build you a reputation as a catalyst for change.

An impactful, engaging, experiential learning day not to be missed!

Alumni Pop-Up Conference: 29 October 2019

Princess Royal Training Awards recipients past and present attended a pop-up conference in East London. Attendees gathered ahead of the awards ceremony to share best practice in being purpose-driven organisations. Read all about the event

Understanding Leadership - ILM Workshop: 10 September 2019

Improve the way you manage and lead your teams at this interactive session delivered by ILM.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of leadership behaviours and styles as well as useful tips that will help you manage and understand your team more effectively
  • Grow or improve your role and confidence as an effective leader

Who should attend?

  • Managers
  • Aspiring Managers
  • Anyone wanting to improve their Leadership and Management skills.

Alumni Meetup Manchester: 1 May 2019

Aaron (Sax) Saxton, Director of Education at UKFast will be talking about  nurturing a growth mindset for apprentices and about the impact of the employee experience they provide.
Shahid Shami, Head of L&D and Sales Operations at Exchange Utility will be looking at how coaching has increased employee engagement and changed the learning culture of Exchange Utility.
Louise Marshall, Director of Infrastructure & Shared Services at Brother UK will be sharing their Employee Engagement Toolkit, an app that empowered employees to learn at all levels and enhanced their well-being.
Time and location: 5:30-7:30PM, UKFast Campus, Birley Fields, Manchester M15 5QJ.
All L&D professionals are welcome.

Alumni Welcome Workshop: 17 September 2018

Each year we invite new Award recipients to attend a hands-on workshop. Don’t miss out on this event as you will learn how to make the most of your Award:

  • get professional advice on how to maximise media coverage
  • hear past recipients’ tips on how to spread the news
  • meet Alumni members and activate new connections.

The annual workshop is held in London on Monday 17 September 2018.

Alumni Breakfast London - 30 November 2018

Rachel Hanson, UX Architect at the John Lewis Partnership will talk about introducing the ‘human + digital’ experience to staff and in-store to improve business performance.
Mike Collins, Senior People Experience Specialist at River Island will explain how L&D data can provide powerful insights to support evidence-based decision making.
Time and location: 08.30-10.00, London.
All L&D professionals are welcome.

Exclusive content

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The Princess Royal Training Awards Alumni LinkedIn group is for members to connect and collaborate. Take advantage of this platform to pursue your passion and share best practice in training and L&D. Here you can share exciting content and generate discussions that will let you access different perspectives in your field. Join like-minded professionals in the conversation and start growing your network, knowledge and practice.

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The Princess Royal visits recipients Dovecote Park in Yorkshire

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Virtual coffee: 5 ways to take care of yourself while working from home

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Developing a talent pipeline in the digital age

How do you prepare your workforce for the future, when that future is uncertain? Tata Steel needed a way to tackle workplace challenges, like: Changing ways of working Traditional roles becoming obsolete New technology Skills gaps So Huw Mathias, Training Delivery...

What difference does training and L&D make?

One of the key objectives of the City & Guilds Foundation is to measure the true influence of skills development. So we surveyed our Awards alumni to find out. Other news stories

3 creative ways to support good mental health at work

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How to get value out of workplace training

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IBM hosts ‘The Apprentice’-style competition for National Apprenticeship Week

About the event IBM Early Professional Leaders held a special workshop at City & Guilds Headquarters in London for National Apprenticeship Week. It was delivered by IBM apprentices and exclusively for apprentices of Princess Royal Training Award recipients. This...

Getting the most out of apprentices – lessons from Princess Royal Training Awards recipients

Taking on an apprentice is a big commitment with big potential. How can you get the most value out of your investment? Some of the UK’s most-respected companies share their advice on finding, training, and retaining the best talent: Recruit far and wide ‘Attraction...

City & Guilds Group hosts Alumni pop-up conference on leading with purpose

The City & Guilds Group recently invited Princess Royal Training Awards recipients past and present to attend a pop-up conference in East London. Attendees gathered ahead of the awards ceremony to share best practice in being purpose-driven organisations. It...

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