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All you need to know


You’ve taken the first step to winning one of our much-coveted CIPD Awards in Wales!  Maybe this is the first time you’ve entered… or maybe you want another beautiful trophy to add to your collection!  Either way, all the information you need to complete your submission(s) is in this section – why you should enter… how to enter… rules of entry, and those all-important hints and tips!  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please do let us know and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Why enter?

Why not?!

Motivation – entering our awards is a fantastic way to get your team and your work recognised for the hard work that often takes place behind the scenes.

Coverage – highlighting your success improves brand awareness and promotes your organisation through local, regional, national and social media.

Judges – submitting an award gets your team and work in front of our amazing panel of judges, all of whom are experts in the very areas you are showcasing.

Recognition – being recognised by your peers and professional body gives you a seal of approval that really makes you stand out.

Branding – winning one of our awards can be a real asset in raising your own profile and attracting new talent.

Analysis – putting together an entry allows you to take stock of what you’ve achieved and reflect on your success.

How to enter

All entries should be submitted via our online platform which ensures that the process is as streamlined as possible.  Added benefits are that you can access your submission to make amendments right up to the closing date!  You’re also able to upload supporting information directly to the system.  We hope that you’ll find it straightforward, but again, we’re here to help if you get stuck along the way.

There is no cost to enter the awards.  Tickets for the Awards gala and dinner will go on sale after the shortlist is announced.

Rules of entry

  • All entries should be submitted via the awards portal.   We recommend that you use Chrome, although the platform is supported by other browsers.     
  • When you begin to enter a category, you will be asked to register which will create your unique log-in.   Please note that login information is deleted at the end of each Awards cycle so even you have entered in previous years, you will need to re-register.Please also note that all communications sent to entrants via the platform will go the email address provided at registration so if the person registering the entry is likely to be absent for any length of time during key dates, it would be prudent to ensure that a colleague also has access.
  • Each section of the entry form has a word count.  The limits are (compared to similar awards processes!) very generous.  You do not have to reach the limit, but please note that text will be automatically cut off at the limit.
  • You may upload ONE additional piece of supporting information for each entry in the form but this should SUPPORT your entry rather than be used to provide extra narrative!  Supporting information should be in PDF or JPEG format (maximum file size 5MB).  Video attachments should be hosted on a video site such as YouTube or Vimeo (and counts towards the additional attachment limit).
  • The eligibility period for your submission should relate to the period January 2021 to date.
  • You may enter the same project into more than one category, but please ensure that each submission is tailored.  Duplicate entries will not be accepted.
  • Consultants entering an initiative that was delivered with/for a client must have written consent from the client.  Consultants are advised to clarify the position with respect to promotion of shortlisted entries with their client in advance of entering.  The client should be available to accompany the consultant/supplier to the judging day.
  • The project name given on the entry form will be used throughout the campaign.
  • Entrants may mark sensitive parts of their entries “not for publication” (eg exact budget figures) provided that such restrictions are not used unreasonably.
  • You are required to upload your logo which should be a colour jpeg or .eps file with a minimum resolution of 300dpi.
  • All entries must be submitted via the official online entry system by the deadline of 23:59 on Friday 12 January 2024.
  • Shortlisted finalists will be announced via social media on Tuesday 30 January 2024.
  • Finalists agree that that their project name, company logo and any supporting image may be used on the Wales Awards website, in online promotion leading up to the awards ceremony, onscreen during the ceremony, and in case studies post-event.
  • All finalists have the right to promote themselves as Wales Awards 2024 finalists/winners – we will provide social media banners for this purpose.
  • Entrants agree to cooperate fully with the judges and their representatives.
  • All finalists will be required to attend a virtual interview on Wednesday 21 February 2024.  We regret that the dates cannot be changed but we may be able to accommodate specific requests for a morning or afternoon slot.
  • The judges’ decision is final no further correspondence will be entered into.  Due to the volume of entries we cannot provide feedback on all individual entries.