IITD National Training Awards 2020
Now in its twenty-second year, the IITD National Training Awards is recognised as the premier Learning & Development event for industry. The purpose of the IITD National Training Awards is to promote excellence, best practice and innovation in Training and Learning & Development, and to highlight the importance of this area in today’s business climate. This demanding area of business is arguably the critical success factor for future growth and competitiveness for many organisations. Therefore, the role of those responsible for delivery and management of training is vital. For this reason it is absolutely right for the Learning & Development profession to have a cross industry national event to recognise, promote and honour excellence, professionalism and outstanding achievement.
We would like to thank all our guests for attending the IITD 2019 National Training Awards, which took place on 29th March in Killashee Hotel, Naas
Check Out Below on ‘How to Create an Impactful Submission’ for 2020!
The range of Award categories is designed to recognise the most important activities within Training and Learning & Development. Every category is open to entries from companies across the whole spectrum of industry, commerce and the public sector, and from organisations of all sizes.
We are delighted to have the continued support of Harvest Resources Ltd for the event and welcome their involvement, once again, through the Pearse Walsh Award.
IITD National Training Awards 2019
Best Learning & Development Organisations
Best Learning & Development Initiatives
Entries to be submitted by Midnight, Friday 31st January 2020
Making an Application
Awards are open to all companies operating in Ireland regardless of size, nationality, turnover or nature of business. Organisations may make submissions in the ‘Best Learning & Development’ Organisation category and/or in one of a number of specific themed categories.
Making an application to the National Training Awards is a two stage process and now online. The first stage is a 2,300 word written submission which should respond to the criteria of the category you are entering.
(Please See the Scoring Scheme for Best L&D Organisation and Best L&D Initiatives)
Following an assessment of all submissions, a shortlist will be announced.
Shortlisted organisations will be invited to progress to stage two of the process where they will make a presentation to the Judging Panel to discuss their submission in greater detail.
This is an opportunity for you to build on the initial submission and deepen the judges understanding of your activity. You will be invited to attend with a maximum of 3 representatives and will have 10 minutes to present followed by 15 minutes discussion. You may bring any supporting documentation you wish to this meeting.
The IITD National Training Awards 2019 will be judged by a panel of judges made up of some of Ireland top L&D Professionals working in leading organisations. A full list of our judging panel will be announced shortly.
There is no cost involved in making a submission.
Please ensure to submit your completed 2,300 word submission, to be received no later than close of day on 31st January 2020.
Application Date 31st January 2020
Judging Panel 25th March 2020
Awards Ceremony 24th April 2020
Developing your Submission
Set the Context for this initiative – last 2 years
Clearly define the purpose of the initiative and demonstrate its links to organisational need. This should include an outline of the purpose of the initiative, what was driving the initiative (e.g. external and internal factors) and how it related to the organisation’s strategy and goals.
What were the needs analysis or research processes that you adopted and the key findings? This should include how you analysed or researched the need for an intervention, involved key stakeholder groups and the findings of the LNA/research.
What were the learning objectives and key deliverables of the initiative? This should include SMART learning objectives and expected deliverables of the initiative (whether or not these were actually delivered).
How were stakeholders actively engaged in the design and delivery of the initiative? This should include who were your key stakeholders and how their various interests were addressed, how they were engaged in the change and how this informed the communications throughout the process.
How was the initiative managed throughout the process?
Responses could include who was responsible for delivering the project, the steps taken to develop a robust delivery plan for the deliverables, effective sponsorship and the procedures put in place to ensure that the plan delivered the desired outcomes.
What range of learning and development options did you consider and implement?
This should include the different learning and development options that you considered, what types of interventions you actually delivered and the rationale for their selection.
What made this initiative innovative?
Include aspects of the learning and development initiative that were new and/or ground breaking for your business, sector, region or context. Demonstrate more than just training by showing a mix of more innovative methods to align, equip capability and sustain learning.
To what extent were the learning objectives met?
What was contribution of the initiative to performance in the organisation?
What were the learning outcomes and how were they evaluated?
Provide quantitative as well as qualitative measures of the learning outcomes and evidence of how you evaluated these.
How was the success of the initiative monitored and measured?
What could other organisation learn from this initiative? Please also describe any initiatives you have undertaken to share your best practice here.
How was the initiative embedded into the organisation? The key here is to show how the outcomes (or the elements of it so far accomplished) has become the new ‘business as usual’, and the evidence that demonstrates this.
What lessons have been learnt from the initiative? Include here lessons learnt, how this was captured and shared appropriately within the organisation. It is also helpful to show how lessons have been disseminated more widely outside the organisation where appropriate (e.g. with the wider L&D community or interested external stakeholders).
Tips & Guidelines
- Don’t be afraid to sell yourself. The judges are looking for clear examples of how you meet the eligibility criteria – don’t make it hard for them!
- Don’t assume those judging nominations know anything about working in your industry so help them out by making this clear.
- Ensure your nomination is as well written as possible, while nominations won’t be marked down for writing style, a clear, well-expressed nomination form is much easier to read and judge.
- Keep to the word count – anything over may be ignored!
- Triple check you are nominating for the right category. Read the specific criteria carefully, and make sure you can prove that the project meets each of them.
- Demonstrate how your achievements are transferable to other programmes, teams and organisations. Judges like to see the potential for the project to be rolled out across other environments.
- Support your achievements with evidence of impact such as data, statistics or feedback. For instance if the project led to efficiency savings within a department, shout about the facts and figures!
- Highlight what you have done differently. The judges are excited to hear about innovative projects and new approaches, so don’t be afraid to emphasise that you’ve challenged the status quo!
- Ask a colleague to proof-read your nomination form; you will have undoubtedly looked at it over and over again so it may take a fresh pair of eyes to spot any small mistakes or opportunities for enhancements!
- Be confident! We are working against very tight deadlines to that you have as much time as possible to build your submission.
If you are shortlisted, you will have an opportunity to meet the judges for 30 mins to discuss your work further
So start planning for this stage straight away!
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- The IITD National Training Awards are open to all companies operating in Ireland regardless of size, nationality, turnover or nature of business.
- All entries must be submitted using the correct category application form. (see Categories for more details)
- Entries will only be accepted through the online submission form up to midnight on Fridaty 31st January 2020. Entries will be not be considered after this date.
- The contents of the entry will be used for judging purposes only.
- For your entry to be accepted you must select a category. You may submit a maximum of TWO applications per category. But you may only submit each initiative in ONE category only.
- Consultants entering on behalf of a client organisation must gain the organisation’s written consent on the category application form. Consultants are advised to clarify the position with respect to intellectual property with their clients in advance of entering the award.
- The name of the entering organisation will always be used as the name referred to in the entry form. Unless a nominated organisation has been stated, in which case the nominated organisation will be the name referred to. This will also apply to Award trophies and certificates, should these be relevant.
- Entrants agree to co-operate fully with the judges and their representatives. As part of the judging process, shortlisted applicants will be required to meet with the judges to discuss their submission on 25th March 2020.
- Finalists agree to co-operate with the IITD and our media partner, who may wish to publicise entries and may use footage (photos and video clips) of the Awards dinner as they see appropriate. This will only be done in co-operation with applicants and commercial sensitivity will be respected.
- The IITD takes no responsibility for incidental costs incurred by entrants.
- The decision of the judges is final and no further correspondence will be considered. The judges may or may not elect to present an award in each category. The number of awards presented will be at the discretion of the judges.
- The prize is non-transferable, non-negotiable and no cash alternative will be offered.
- Depending on the volume of entries we may not provide individual feedback.
- Entry submissions will not be returned to participating companies and will be destroyed following the completion of the process.
- Notification of cancelled tickets received within three weeks prior to the event will be accepted and a refund of 90% of the ticket fee’s will be made. After this date, (Friday 3rd April 2020) no refunds can be given.
- Alison Egan – Director ICT and eLearning – Marino Institute Education
- Angela O’Donovan – Manager HR Strategy & Organisation Development – UCC
- Breda McNally – Occupational Psychologist and Learning and Development Specialist
- Brenda McGuirk – Product Manager – Soapbox Labs
- Prof David Collings – Professor of HRM – DCU Business School
- Frank Rock – Director – Harvest Resources
- Gay White – Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist – Gay White Consulting Ltd.
- Julie Ryan – Head of IMI Tailored Programmes
- Mark Latuske – Organisational Effectiveness Consultant – Danske Bank
- Mark Mitchell – GradIreland
- Dr John McMackin – Assistant Professor in HRM & OB – DCU Business School
- Judy Murphy – Master Coach
- Dr Mary Collins – Senior Executive Development Specialist – RCSI Institute of Leadership
- Dr Paul Donovan – Founder of Trinsights – NUIM
- Dr Ronan Carbery – Senior Lecturer in Management – UCC
- Valerie Pierce – Clear Thinking in Action
Details about the Event
The IITD National Training Awards ceremony is renowned as THE night in the L&D calendar, attracting Ireland’s most talented L&D individuals, teams and companies. By attending the awards you will have the opportunity to network with over 500 fellow L&D professionals and learn about the strategies that raise the profile of L&D in Ireland.
The gala dinner and awards ceremony for the 21st Annual IITD National Training Awards will take place on Friday 24th April, at the prestigious Killashee Hotel, Naas.
Your ticket prices includes drinks reception on arrival, an excellent four course meal including complimentary wine on the table, enjoy the most prestigious awards in Learning & Development with our first class host ‘Marty Whelan’, after which you can dance the night away to a live music.
Date: Friday 24th April 2020
Dress code: Black tie
Drinks Reception: 7.15pm
Awards Start: 8pm Sharp
Killashee Hotel, Kilcullen Rd, Killashee, Naas, Co. Kildare, W91 DC98
Prices: Tables hold 10 people as standard. Some can accommodate up to 12 (if required)
Venue: Killashee Hotel, Kilcullen Rd, Killashee, Naas, Co. Kildare, W91 DC98
Killashee Hotel Room Reservations: Tel: (045) 879 277
Table of 10
Please ensure that you have read our terms and conditions before booking – which notes details about our cancellation policy
The IITD National Training Awards are recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the L&D community. Now in their 21st year, the IITD National Training Awards has enjoyed the association with our headline partner, Harvest Resources Ltd, for 11 years. With over 28 years in business Harvest Resources has become Ireland’s leading People Development Specialists with a long established track record of success and a client list that includes many of Ireland’s leading brand names and blue chip companies
We are also delighted to work with our media partner, which has ensured a professional platform to profile the success of our winning organisations.
Our Event is a unique opportunity for the whole industry to gather on a single evening to celebrate the best in achievement, ability and performance. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the 29th March 2019 at the prestigious Killashee Hotel, Naas and it sees the industry’s leading movers and shakers gather to honour their peers in the L&D community. In 2018 we had a record-breaking number of nominations and over 500 industry professionals attended making it the most prestigious event in the L&D calendar.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Entries may I submit?
A: There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. However, you must avoid duplicating a specific initiative across multiple categories, and you may only make a maximum of two (2) submission in each category.
Can I add supporting material to my submission?
A: The first stage of the application process is your 2300 word online entry document. It is not permitted to submit supporting material at this stage. However, shortlisted organisations may bring supporting material to their meeting with the judging panel. It should be used to elaborate further on what is in the entry document.
Supporting material may include, but is not limited to: photographs, testimonials, graphs/data, videos, hard copies of any printed material (eg brochures) etc.
What is your cancellation policy?
A: Notification of cancelled tickets received within three weeks prior to the event will be accepted and a refund of 90% of the booking fee will be made. After this date (Friday 8th March 2019), no refunds can be given.
What happens at the Judging Panel?
A: If your submission is shortlisted you will be invited to present to the judging panel at Killashee House Hotel on 6th March 2019. This is an opportunity for you to build on the initial submission and deepen the judges understanding of your activity. You will be invited to attend with a maximum of 3 representatives and will have 10 minutes to present followed by 15 minutes discussion. You may bring any supporting documentation you wish to this meeting. The IITD National Training Awards will be judged by a panel of judges made up of some of Ireland top L&D Professionals working in leading organisations. For a full list of our judging panel see ‘Your Submission’ section above.
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