The Submission Process

The submission process for the Princess Royal Training Awards is in two sections. The first is a written application; the second is a validation visit from an assessor.

Who can enter?

The awards are open to all organisations in the UK regardless of size and sector.

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.


Applications for the Princess Royal Training Awards will open on 2 January 2018 and close on 29 March 2018.Princess Royal Training Awards Timeline

The Submission process in detail

PART 1: What does the written application involve?

The written application is made up of two sections. The first section is written by the applicant; the second is a short statement by the organisation’s senior management, supporting the application.

Three Hallmarks will be used to evaluate applications. These are a set of standards and criteria which applicants should use as guides in completing their application. 


Written application

You can apply online or download an application form. Applications are free of charge, and can be made by individuals from organisations of all sizes and from all sectors (public, private and not-for-profit).

Applications should demonstrate how the organisation’s learning and development initiative has resulted in a positive impact on the organisation. It needs to include:

  • How the organisation’s strategy for improvement is supported by its commitment to training/ learning and development
  • How the training programme is effectively managed to match the needs of individuals, and how it is cost effective
  • How the initiative has sustainably supported the growth of the organisation and its employees


Supporting statement 

The supporting statement, or endorsement, needs to be completed by a member of the organisation’s senior management, such as a Chief Executive, Director or Senior Manager.

The statement should support the application by confirming that the initiative has contributed to the success of the business.


Assistance with your application

We offer one-to-one support to all applicants throughout the application process.

PART 2: What does the validation visit involve?

If the written application is successful, an assessor will visit the organisation to interview employees, management and learners about the training initiative and its success. The validation visit is an informal chance for organisations to expand the information from their applications.

The Hallmarks will be used to guide the assessors evaluation. 

As the applicant, you will need to:

  • Host the visit, ensuring that learners, staff and senior management are available to speak to the assessor
  • During the visit, the applicant will need to give a presentation about the training programme (up to 15 minutes)

Your presentation should include:

  • What the training programme is
  • How the programme is run
  • Who is involved in the initiative
  • What its outcomes are
  • How it contributes to your organisation’s business success

If assessors need to see any supporting documents to provide evidence or support the application, they will request these in advance and review them during the visit.

The validation visit will last between two and three hours.

Additional information

What guidance and feedback will I receive?

Applicants receive guidance and feedback at all stages of the submission process.

  • One-to-one calls with the experts from the Awards team will be available from January to the end of March.
  • Themed webinars will also be available from February, details will be available on this website.
  • A dedicated team you can contact to help you at all stages of your application, contact us on 077 1009 6000.

Applicants who pass the written application and are scheduled to receive an validation visit, will be given guidance on how to prepare for the visit.

How are applications assessed?

Applications will be reviewed at all stages of the submission process by a team of independent assessors, led by a Chief Assessor. The assessors have a wide range of experience in training and skills development across all sectors.

Assessing your written application

Assessors will independently review each written application. Successful applications will move on to the next step – the validation visit.

Assessing the visit to your organisation

Following the validation visit, the assessor will complete a written report, based upon the visit and the written application.

The final decision

The Princess Royal Training Awards Commission (an independent assessment board) use the Chief Assessor’s report to make the final decision.

What are Hallmarks?

Applications should show how the organisation’s training initiative fulfils three major standards of excellence – the Hallmarks.

  • Hallmark 1 Training/learning and development are integral to business performance
  • Hallmark 2 The programme is delivered efficiently and effectively
  • Hallmark 3 The programme has an impact on the success of the organisation and its people

Full details can be found on the Hallmarks page >

How do I apply?

Applications have now closed for the Princess Royal Training Awards 2017.

If you are interested in applying in 2018, register your interest or contact us.

Can I get help with my application?

Yes. There is a dedicated support team to help you at all stages of your application.

If you have any questions about your application, or about the Princess Royal Training Awards in general, you can call the support team on 07710096000. You can also email your questions to


  • 2 January 2018: Applications open
  • 29 March 2018: Deadline for applications
  • August 2018: Award recipients announced and contacted
  • Autumn 2018: Awards ceremony held

Contact us

Call the support team
on 07710096000
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