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IITD National Training Awards 2021

WELCOME

Now in its twenty-third 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 2021 and the Awards announcements from 2020!
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CATEGORIES 2021

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 support and involvement, once again, through the Pearse Walsh Award.

IITD National Training Awards 2021

Best Learning & Development Organisations

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This award will be made to an organisation from all sectors (including for profit and not for profit) which has excelled across a range of aspects of the function and achieved quantifiable results which have added value in an innovative way.

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This award will be made to an organisation from all sectors (including for profit and not for profit) which has excelled across a range of aspects of the function and achieved quantifiable results which have added value in an innovative way.

Best Learning & Development Initiatives

 

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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.

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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.

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This award will recognise an outstanding and innovative Organisation Development Initiative focused on the ability of an organisation to be agile and ensuring the right people are focused on the right things in a collective way.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This award recognises collaborations between client organisations and providers that have successfully delivered qualitative solutions to the client organisation. The submission should clearly demonstrate evidence of good collaboration, understanding and co-operation between a solutions provider and a client company to achieve a particular goal or business outcome.

While the submission should be collaborative and well balanced across both partners, one member of the partnership should submit the application and all queries and communications will be directed to them in the first instance. Should their application be shortlisted, representatives from each partnership should attend the presentation to the judges.

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This award will be made to a partnership, organisation or other agency which has worked collaboratively with its client base to meet their needs on a not for profit basis. It should be outputs based and focus on the innovative solutions and quantifiable results achieved for their client base which have added value in an innovative way.

While the submission should be collaborative and well balanced across both partners, one member of the partnership should submit the application and all queries and communications will be directed to them in the first instance. Should their application be shortlisted, representatives from the partnership should attend the presentation to the judges.

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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.

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This award recognises organisations that have successfully delivered a major organisational change or transformation programme. As well as making demonstrable contributions to organisational performance, effective change programmes bring positive impacts to people and/or minimise the potential negative impacts of the commercial environment.

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This award will be made to the organisation who, in the opinion of the judges, has demonstrated enterprise-wide success as a result of employee learning and development and evidence of leveraging the learning function as a strategic business tool to get results.

Award winners must demonstrate that they are excellent in many aspects of the learning function including;

~ Learning has an enterprise-wide role involving the executive team, creating solutions to business issues, and setting organisational strategy.

~ Learning has value in the organisation’s culture, providing learning opportunities for employees, C-level involvement, learning for growth of the organisation, and innovation.

~ Learning links to individual and organisational performance including alignment with the business, efficiency, measurement of the effectiveness of learning, and success with non-training solutions for business needs.

~ Investment is made in learning and development initiatives.

Special Categories

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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 fifteenth year.

 

The 2021 winner will be in good company as Harvest have supported the achievements of the distinguished winners below:

 

2020 Musgrave

2019 PM Group

2018 PWC

2017 Bank of Ireland and cut-e

2016 Blizzard Entertainment

2015 Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

2014 Calor Gas

YOUR SUBMISSION

Entries to be submitted by 11.59pm, Tuesday April 6th, 2021

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 virtual 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 2021 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 April 6th, 2021.

Key Dates:

Application Date April 6th, 2021

Judging Panel May 26th, 2021

Awards Ceremony June 25th, 2021

Developing your Submission

Set the Context for this initiative – last 2 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?

Sustainability
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 Tuesday April 6th, 2021. 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 virtually with the judges to discuss their submission on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021.
  • 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.

Announcement coming soon!

OUR PARTNERS

Harvest Resources Ltd

The IITD National Training Awards are recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the L&D community. Now in their 23rd year, the IITD National Training Awards has enjoyed the association with our headline partner, Harvest Resources Ltd, for 15 years. With over 30 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, The Sunday Times, which has ensured a professional platform to profile the success of our winning organisations.

The National Training Awards is a unique opportunity for the whole industry to celebrate the best in achievement, ability and performance. The Awards Ceremony will take place virtually on June 25th, 2021. It sees the industry’s leading movers and shakers honour their peers in the L&D community. In recent years we have had an overwhelming number of nominations and well over 500 industry professionals tuned in virtually to our 2020 broadcast, making it the most prestigious event in the L&D calendar.

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FAQs

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 3rd April 2020), 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 25th March 2020.  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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