1. Best Apprenticeship Scheme

This award recognises high-quality apprenticeship programmes that are clearly aligned to the organisation’s business and people strategies across businesses of all sizes and sectors.
You’ll be able to demonstrate your commitment and contribution to developing successful programmes, how they are integrated into the organisation’s wider workforce planning, provide great opportunities for learners to progress, support efforts to increase diversity and inclusion, and benefit both the organisation and the individuals involved.
Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police
ITV Cymru Wales
Rhondda Cynon Taff Council
South Wales Police
Sponsored by iungo solutions

2. Best Flexible/Remote Working Initiative

This award enables organisations to demonstrate how they excelled in their response to Covid-19, travelled on a significant journey, and supported managers and employees through the transition.
You’ll be able to demonstrate agility, how you adopted an employee-centric approach and an appropriate leadership style, taking into account employee well-being and mental health, “always-on” technology, home-working and parenting/caring challenges.  Your entry should showcase how you’ve rebuilt your people strategy to embed flexible future-focused working, aligning culture and processes to provide choice in terms of how, when and where work can be done.
General Dynamics Mission Systems – UK
Wales Cooperative Centre
Welsh Revenue Authority

Sponsored by Welsh Government

3. Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

This award recognises employers that are moving the D&I agenda forward, challenging inequalities, overcoming resistance, breaking down barriers and bias, and making change happen.
You’ll be able to demonstrate how you’ve become a truly inclusive workplace based on equality of opportunity, openness, transparency and authentic behaviour.  Your entry will evidence how you’ve addressed important issues in the workplace (such as, but not limited to, under-representation, fairness and impartiality in relation to reward, flexibility, access to promotion, learning and development opportunities) to build a sustainable commitment which benefits both employees and the business.
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water
South Wales Police
Sparkles Cleaning Services Wales and West


Sponsored by Western Power Distribution

4. Best Health and Well-being Initiative

This award recognises employers that place employee well-being centre stage within the organisation and have embedded a strong culture of workplace well-being.
You’ll be able to demonstrate an understanding of the holistic nature of employee health and well-being, how your organisation’s leadership, culture and people management are supportive of employees’ physical and mental well-being at work, how these have been adapted to meet the challenges of Covid-19 and a remote working environment, and provide evidence of a positive and sustainable impact.
South Wales Police (Wellness Café)
Wales Cooperative Centre

Sponsored by HR Spectrum

5. Best Use of External Support (Consultancies / Suppliers)

We’ve broadened this category to recognise a range of partnerships with external providers. Consultants/consultancies are invited to nominate projects that they have worked on and delivered with specific clients. Additionally, organisations can nominate consultants/consultancies/suppliers who have positively impacted the business.
Entries will clearly illustrate how the consultant/consultancy worked collaboratively with the organisation to undertake a specific people-related initiative. The objectives of the initiative will be clear, illustrating how it links to the broader people and organisational strategy, and highlighting how it delivered tangible business benefits to the organisation, including the impact on key business metrics.
Colegau Cymru and NSP HR Solutions
HR for HR
JG HR Solutions

Sponsored by Talk HR

6. Best Learning and Development / Organisation Development Initiative

This award recognises entries that demonstrate strong links between achieving business goals and organisation development activity, and/or learning and development strategies to boost skills and improve performance.
You’ll be able to demonstrate how you’ve developed 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. You’re encouraged to show how your approach has taken both the business need and the employee experience into consideration.
Bridgend College
iungo Solutions
NPTC Group of Colleges
South Wales Police

Sponsored by SSCL

7. Best In-house Team

This award recognises teams that have worked together to demonstrate excellence in people management and development to deliver value through people interventions that achieve and sustain business success.
You’ll show how you’ve collectively responded to the challenges of the last year with innovative and unique approaches, highlighting your ability to quickly re-evaluate and re-focus your people strategies to provide solutions that have contributed to and supported individuals, teams and the business throughout a period of unchartered and unpredictable conditions.
Audit Wales
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Tai Calon
Wales and West Utilities


Sponsored by Human Resourcing

8. Best Resourcing and Talent management Initative

This award recognises creative and effective attraction, retention, talent management, workforce planning, and restructuring strategies that take into account current and future needs.
You’ll demonstrate wide collaboration across some or all of these strategies in order to grow the organisation or downsize in response to the changing landscape. You’re encouraged to show evidence of how activity has benefitted the organisation, met business objectives, supported organisational agility, and provided an organisation-wide talent pipeline.
Connect Assist
South Wales Police

Sponsored by Hoop Human Resources

9. Rising Star of the People Profession

This award recognises early career individuals who have set themselves apart in their professional journey by having a meaningful impact on their workplace.
Nominations can be made by anyone who has experienced the positive impact of the work of this person – individual’s manager, colleagues, mentor, coach, academic lecturer/tutor – and should show evidence of the impact of the individual’s work in terms of its practical application within the organisation.
Amy Maidment – Principality Building Society
Bethan Williams – Tai Calon
Jessica Bayliss – SSCL
Shannon Johnson – Audit Wales

Sponsored by Cardiff Business School

10. Outstanding Contribution in the Field of People Development in Wales

This prestigious 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 2021

Open for entries:  Wednesday 5 May 2021
Closing date for entries: Thursday 23 September 2021
Shortlist Announced: Wednesday 6 October 2021
Category Interviews:  Tuesday 19 / Wednesday 20 October 2021
Awards Gala (virtual): Thursday 25 November 2021