We’ve put together some hints and tips to help you plan your submission(s):

Submitting your entry

  • Entries must be completed using our online application platform – cipdwalesawards.awardsplatform.com
  • We recommend that you use Chrome, although the platform is supported by other browsers
  • When you begin to enter a category, you’ll be asked to register, which will create your unique log-in.
  • You can start your application and save and return to complete it at a later stage

CIPD Professional Principles

In line with the CIPD’s profession map, we’d encourage you to use examples that demonstrate how your entry is evidence based, outcomes driven and principles led, and how they embody one or more of the CIPD professional principles – work matters, people matter, professionalism matters.


Our judges are all experts in the people profession, but may not have detailed knowledge of your sector. It always helps to put an entry into context to ensure that your reader fully understands.

Clearly describe the business need

Judges will want to clearly see and identify measurable results and outcomes as a result of the specific activities.
Feedback from previous years is that entrants have described their projects with great enthusiasm, and reported/delivered great results, but what it was meant to achieve and exactly what it did for the organisation has been less obvious to judges.
As part of sharing how decisive and distinctive action got the results you wanted, you might want to share the range of information you used to inform your actions, and quantify using appropriate metrics where possible – this may include financial metrics (e.g. revenue, profit, ROI, productivity), customer engagement/satisfaction levels, people-related indicators (e.g. absence levels, staff turnover, engagement) as well as less tangible outcomes such as the impact on the credibility and integrity of the function/profession within the organisation.

Explain the people aspects of the project or initiative

Some people aspects are generic to all categories – judges will be interested to hear how you secured support from the most senior people in the organisation, how you communicated with and persuaded staff to adopt the new approaches.
For projects that involved training/development initiatives, you may to evidence good quality mentoring, line management, on-the-job learning, high-quality training. And/or the impact on individual outcomes e.g. learner satisfaction, engagement, progression and the value to the business in terms of retention and innovation.
For projects focusing on new ways of working, you may want to give examples of how you consulted with employees and took on board their ideas.
All categories will probably include a consideration of diversity/inclusion and employee engagement/voice.

Show the distinctiveness of your approach

Finally, bring out what is unique or innovative about your entry, how important it is, the scale and complexity of the challenge(s) that had to be overcome, and how the culture of your organisation evolved to ensure sustainable advantage, engagement and people development.

Remember – a great idea, initiative or project that isn’t firmly embedded in the needs of the organisation or brought to life in your entry may not stand out – no matter how brilliant!

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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