Now in its twenty-fourth 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.

Check Out Below on ‘How to Create an Impactful Submission’ for 2022 and the Awards announcements from 2021!


IITD National Training Awards 2022

Best Learning & Development Organisations

More Details

We’ve reviewed this year’s submissions and worked with the judges to agree the best category fit for each application. Based on those discussions, we’ve taken a decision this year to recalibrate some of the categories.


Irish Life

Office of Government Procurement (OGP)



Best Learning & Development Initiatives


More Details

This award will recognise an outstanding and innovative Leadership or Management Development Initiative at any level within an organisation from entry level supervisor through to C-suite/executive level, or may relate to an initiative spanning multiple organisational levels. Note: graduate development programmes are specifically excluded from this category and award applications for graduate programmes should be made to the relevant category.

Electricity Supply Board (ESB)

Intel Ireland Ltd

Irish Life


Primeline Group


More Details

This award will recognise an organisation which is aiming to create a coaching culture or mentoring initiative to improve leadership, performance, engagement or any other strategic or developmental objective.

Green Tech Skillnet


AXA Insurance dac


More Details

We’ve reviewed this year’s submissions and worked with the judges to agree the best category fit for each application. Based on those discussions, we’ve taken a decision this year to recalibrate some of the categories.

Bank of Ireland

HSE Organisation Development & Change, Change and Innovation, Healthcare Strategy


Office of Government Procurement (OGP)

Permanent TSB


More Details

This award will recognise an outstanding and innovative development initiative which is focused on developing a culture of inclusion and ensuring full access to and positive participation in the workplace for all.

Irish Life

National Council for the Blind of Ireland

TSK Academy Ltd

Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA)

KARE. Promoting Inclusion for People with
Intellectual Disabilities


More Details

This award will recognise an outstanding and innovative initiative which includes any type of learning that is facilitated by technology or by instructional practice that makes effective use of technology.

Irish Manufacturing Research

Ingenium Training and Consulting


Tallaght University Hospital

The Insurance Institute of Ireland


More Details

This award will recognise an organisation which is aiming to create a coaching culture or mentoring initiative to improve leadership, performance, engagement or any other strategic or developmental objective.

Dublin City University

Glanbia Ireland


Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP)




More Details

This award will be made to a consultancy, agency, or in-company collaboration that has successfully delivered qualitative solutions to a target audience. The submission should clearly demonstrate evidence of good collaboration, understanding and co-operation to achieve a particular goal or business outcome.  It should be outputs based and focus on the innovative solutions and quantifiable results achieved.

While the submission should be collaborative and well balanced, one member of the partnership should submit the application and all queries and communications will be directed to them in the first instance.  Should the application be shortlisted, any stakeholder representatives may attend the presentation to the judges, within the parameters set out in the judging process.

CU Learning and Development

Glenveagh Properties PLC  with Prism Leadership & Change Consulting Ltd

ICOS Skillnet & ICOS, Dairygold & Teagasc

Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) & The Irish Pharmacy Profession

Irish Life & Uppercut

Keelings and the Balbriggan-Swords Adult Education Service

Queen’s University and Thrive Coaching & Development

Teagasc and The Learning Rooms






More Details

This award will recognise an outstanding and innovative Graduate Development Initiative designed to nurture talent in an innovative and effective way. This may relate to a Graduate Development Initiative or Internship at any level within an organisation and at any career stage.

Dublin City University



Bank of Ireland

H&MV Engineering



Special Categories

More Details

To be eligible, you or your team must have participated in the design and delivery of a high- impact learning event that showed innovation in the transfer of learning to employees.


Was your event fun, engaging, innovative and added real value to participants?

Was your design, delivery, and evaluation different and how did it adapt to the virtual environment?


If so, then please complete the application form and tell us all about it.


Background to the Award

Harvest proudly sponsors this award to honour the memory and life’s work of Pearse Walsh.


Pearse founded Harvest over thirty-four years ago. His vision for developing outstanding learning and development experiences, still informs the Harvest strategy today.


The Pearse Walsh Award celebrates and recognises the qualities that Pearse valued when working with clients – a sense of innovation, achievement and fun, in delivering an engaging and practical learning solution.


We are proud that the Pearse Walsh Award is now in its sixteenth year.


The 2022 winner will be in good company as Harvest have supported the achievements of the distinguished winners below:


2021 Vodafone

2020 Musgraves

2019 PM Group

2018 PWC

2017 Bank of Ireland and cut-e

2016 Blizzard Entertainment

2015 Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

2014 Calor Gas

2013 ICBE with Lake Region Medical

2012 Learning Zone

2011 The Musgrave Group

2010 Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

2009 Topaz

2008 Ulster Bank

2007 Ernst & Young


ICOS Skillnet, ICOS, Dairygold & Teagasc

Intel Ireland

Primeline Group





Entries to be submitted by 11.59pm, Monday 31st January, 2022

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)

Scoring Scheme 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 will take place, subject to Covid guidelines, at the Killashee House Hotel.

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 2022 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 11.59pm on January 31st, 2022.

Key Dates:

Closing date for Application’s January 31st, 2022

Finalists Announced Febuary 25th, 2022

Judging Panel March 28th, 2022

Awards Ceremony April 8th, 2022

Developing your Submission

Set the Context for this initiative – last two years

The Problem
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.

The Solution
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.

The Results
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!


  • 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 Monday, January 31st, 2022. Entries will be not be considered after this date.
  • The contents of the entry will be used for judging purposes only.
  • 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 one (1) submission in each category..
  • 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 March 28th in Killashee House Hotel., 2022.
  • 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.

Alison Egan                                       Director, IT & eLearning, Marino Institute of Education

Angela O’Donovan                            Manager HR Strategy & OD, Human Resources, UCC 

Aoife Cufffe                                      Professional Career & Leadership Coach

Aoife O’Shea                                    Regional Head of Talent Development EMEA, Zurich

Brenda McGuirk                               Head of Product – Education

Georgina Corscaddan                     Manager HR Strategy & OD, Human Resources – UCC

John McMackin                                Assistant Professor in HRM & OB

Judy Murphy                                     Master Coach, OD & Career Consultant

Julie Ryan                                        Head of IMI Tailored Programmes

Kathleen Halligan                            Organisation Design, Leadership & Exec Dev, Business Coach

Mark Latuske                                   Deputy Director, People & Culture Ulster University

Mary Connaughton                         Director, CIPD Ireland

Dr Paul Donovan                              Adjunct Associate Professor, Trinity Business School

Peter Fitzpatrick                              Head of Human Resources, NSAI

Raquel Hanley                                Consultant at Clifford Learning & Business Consulting

Rosarii Mannion                              National Director People & Change, Tusla

T J Byrne                                              Director, The Odd Company

Professor Valerie Pierce                       Creator of ‘Clear & Critical Thinking’ Training & Coaching Modules

Please ensure that you have read our terms and conditions before booking – which notes details about our cancellation policy


Harvest Resources Ltd
Grant Thornton
Sunday Times