1. Apprenticeship scheme

This award recognises high-quality apprenticeship programmes that demonstrate clear alignment with the organisation’s business and people strategies.  Successful programmes will demonstrate how they are integrated into the organisations’ wider workforce planning, providing great opportunities for learners to progress and supporting efforts to increase diversity and inclusion.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • examples of higher-level apprenticeships that provide viable alternatives to university for young people, highlighting partnerships between employers and education institutions, how the apprentices were recruited and integrated into the organisation;
  • good-quality mentoring, line management and on-the-job learning, high-quality training, and learner engagement and satisfaction;
  • the value to the business in terms of retention, innovation, employee engagement and customer satisfaction.
Sponsored by Coastal Housing Group 

2. Diversity and inclusion initiative

This award recognises organisations that are moving the diversity and inclusion agenda forward, breaking new ground, over resistance, making change happen whilst benefitting both employees and the business.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • the challenges faced in the workplace, including under-representation of certain groupings, fairness and impartiality in relation to reward, flexibility, access to promotion and learning and development opportunities;
  • creation of an inclusive culture through challenging inequalities, barriers and bias in the development and application of recruitment, selection, people management and reward activities
  • evidence of how you are breaking ground and overcoming challenges and resistance.

Sponsored by University of South Wales

3. Embedding a culture of workplace well-being

This award recognises employers that place employee well-being centre stage within the organisation and have embedded a strong culture of workplace well-being.  Investing in people’s health and well-being is good for business and it’s also the right thing to do. Successful programmes will be preventative and proactive in promoting well-being, as well as demonstrating effective rehabilitation and return-to-work practices.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • a holistic approach that focuses on people’s physical and mental well-being;
  • how leadership, culture and people management capability and practices are supportive of employees’ physical and mental well-being at work;
  • a description of the work undertaken and the rationale for the approach adopted to support health and well-being, including evidence of positive impact and improvements in engagement and performance.

Sponsored by Welsh Government

4. Employee engagement

This award recognises organisations that have embedded, or are seeking to embed, a culture of trust and empowerment that enhances employee involvement, engagement, and commitment in working towards the success of the business. 

The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • how culture is part of what the organisation values and how it is embedded in the way it communicates, innovates and operates on a day-to-day basis;
  • how employee voice and proactive measures are part of making the workplace inclusive, enabling a place where people feel respected, developed and want to contribute to the best of their ability;
  • how culture and a shared approach has had a positive impact on the performance of the organisation as well as on the overall employee experience.

Sponsored by Hoop Recruitment

5. External consultancy

This award recognises the partnership between an individual consultant/consultancy and a client organisation, working on a specific people-related project to address a strategic issue. The consultancy must include written permission from the client on the entry form.

The judges will be looking for evidence of: 

  • how the consultancy worked collaboratively with the in-house team and wider organisation to undertake a specific people-related project;
  • the clear objectives of the initiative and how this links to the broader people strategy, and the business/organisational strategy;
  • how the project has delivered tangible business benefits to the organisation, including the impact on key business metrics or clear verifiable examples of how it has positively impacted the overall employee experience.

Sponsored by Skylite Associates

6. In-House team

This award recognises HR/L&D teams that have worked closely together and partnered with the business to deliver value through people-focused initiatives and practices. 

The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • how the team collaborated, supported and developed team members, while working across the business, achieving results through effective team working;
  • how the team coordinated itself, aligned its objectives to the overall objectives of the organisation and had a positive impact on employees/business performance;
  • how, through their involvement and engagement, the team has helped the organisation to achieve its objectives in areas such as: learning and development, change management, new markets or innovation.

Sponsored by HR Spectrum

7. Organisational development / Learning and development

This award will be looking for entries that demonstrate a strong link between organisation development activity and achieving business goals.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • a culture that promotes learning and development, coaching, managing performance, innovative approaches to change and work design, as well as encouraging feedback and openness on development needs;
  • how their approach has taken not only the business into consideration, but also the employee experience and voice in the roll out of new developments;
  • a clear description of the business objectives that prompted the development need, how the approach was shaped, and how effectiveness was measured.
Sponsored by Insight HRC Ltd

8. Talent management

This award recognises creative and effective talent attraction, retention and management strategies, demonstrating how the organisation has implemented, or is working towards, an organisation-wide talent pipeline that takes into account current and future needs.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • wide collaboration on talent management strategies in areas such as recruitment, succession planning, skills and competence building, and managing performance;
  • how talent management activity has benefitted the business, met business objectives, supported organisational activity, and impacted on meeting future business objectives;
  • development of a strong and attractive employer brand.

Sponsored by Human Resourcing

9. Emerging practitioner

In any organisation, practitioners, irrespective of the level at which they operate, undertake essential people management roles. This award seeks to identify and recognise those early on in their careers who have shown the potential to make a significant impact within the organisation and the profession, now or in the future.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • initiative and commitment to progressing the goals of the organisation;
  • the individual proactively progressing his/her own professional development.

Sponsored by Cardiff Business School 

10. Outstanding contribution in the field of people development in Wales

This award is presented to an individual in recognition of their outstanding and exceptional contribution to the profession within Wales.

Sponsored by Hugh James Solicitors

Awards timeline 2019

Closing date for entries: Sunday 22 September 2019
Shortlist Announced: Tuesday 1 October 2019
Category Interviews: Thursday 17 October 2019
Finalists’ lunch:  Friday 1 November October 2019
Awards Gala: Friday 15 November 2019