Apply for a Princess Royal Training Award: a prestigious award that celebrates and royally recognises outstanding training in the building and construction industry

by Francesca

Do you deliver outstanding training, learning and development programmes that are having an impact on your organisation? Why not apply for a Princess Royal Training Award and get the recognition you deserve?

 What are the Princess Royal Training Awards?

Free to enter from start to finish, the Princess Royal Training Awards celebrate employers committed to training, learning and skills development who can demonstrate exceptional impact on their business. If you want to showcase your training and join an outstanding Alumni network of 600+ organisations committed to investing in learning and development, then this could be the perfect award for you.












Who can apply?

 The Awards are open to any private, public or not-for-profit organisation operating in the UK and Ireland regardless of size or sector. Whether training to tackle skills shortages in the sector, investing in graduates to reduce staff turnover, developing programmes to create a culture of inclusivity or to address gender imbalances in leadership, the Awards are open to all.

Previous Awards recipients include global multinationals such as IBM, GSK and Labcorp, well-known brands including Asda, Barclays, Dermalogica, DVLA, Greene King, JCB and Santander, as well as smaller organisations and charities including Diverse FM and Cox London.

Have any organisations from the construction industry been recognised?

 Construction industry organisations large and small have achieved an Award, including Balfour Beatty, Cyfle Building Skills Ltd, Errigal Construction, Gelder Group Construction Company, Lee Marley Brickwork Ltd, Travis Perkins plc and Walker Construction.

Outstanding training programmes have included those of well-known distributors of construction materials Travis Perkins plc, who achieved an Award in 2022 for their Learn and Earn Apprenticeship Scheme (LEAP). With an aim to diversify a typically male-dominated and ageing workforce, adopt modern construction methods and focus on decarbonisation, the programme has helped to establish innovation and new ways of thinking and working, and the business has become a trailblazer in the construction industry.

Other organisations commended for excellence in training include leading infrastructure group Balfour Beatty who achieved an Award in 2019, which was revalidated in 2022, for an inspiring programme that aimed to upskill its employees to deliver the commercial decisions needed for business success. A further 2,151 people have benefitted from the programme and impressive savings of £6.4m have been made through applying course knowledge to live projects. Gelder Group construction company also sought revalidation for a remarkable apprenticeship programme which aims to employ people from the local area, particularly disaffected young people. The programme is achieving a notable 90% retention rate, and many apprentices go on to long-term employment at the company.

 What do the Awards offer?

The Princess Royal Training Awards offer something a bit different from other award programmes. Organisations receive royal recognition for their outstanding training programmes, with an award that sets them apart from their competitors and can be displayed on their website, communications and products.

Notably, as the Awards are a standard of excellence, employers don’t have to compete against one another. They simply need to show that they are meeting the Awards’ criteria through their training programmes.

In addition to attendance at a high-profile ceremony where successful organisations are presented with the Award by HRH The Princess Royal, recipients also become part of the alumni network of organisations dedicated to excellence in training, learning and development.

“Now we are part of a community of Princess Royal Training Awards Alumni where we can continue to share best practice and learn from other organisations as we continue to grow”

– 2021 recipient.

Previous Awards recipients have reported numerous additional benefits, including increased investment in training programmes, improved recruitment and retention, and incorporation of HR and Learning and Development into organisational strategy.

 How do we get started?

Applying is easy. Register now and you’ll be sent a unique link for your application form, which you can fill in and submit online. The Awards are open until 31 March 2023. Applicants can even submit a draft application before 28th February to receive feedback from Assessors! Previous recipients have found this support invaluable:

“The feedback was so helpful and so constructive and you get a real sense that the Assessors are really trying to help you towards achieving the Award.” – 2022 recipient.

What’s more, there are plenty of other options to ensure that applicants are fully supported throughout the application process. In addition to attending support workshops and ‘tea and chat’ sessions for advice, guidance and tips, applicants can get in touch with the Princess Royal Training Awards team via 1-1 calls, web chat or email support.

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