The annual CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards are the region’s most prestigious awards for HR and people development. Delivered in association with The Journal and associate sponsors Nigel Wright, the awards recognise and celebrate outstanding HR&D achievements and impact on business success. The awards allow you to share best practice and be recognised by the profession and wider business community in the North East whilst inspiring future practitioners and businesses.

The next awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 21 June 2018 at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. 

Full details on how to apply and to book your place at the awards evening will be coming soon.

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Each category below recognises the impact HR and people development professionals have on businesses and their people.

There are many opportunities for businesses that are keen to raise their profile through sponsorship, including helping shape the category for those businesses involved by January.

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities or to register your interest in submitting an application or attending the event contact the CIPD North East of England Branch by emailing sarah@cipdne.co.uk or elouise@cipdne.co.uk.

Recognising outstanding HR&D teams who have made a positive impact on the organisation

This is your opportunity to show the judging panel and the HR profession how your HR&D team has made a valuable contribution to your organisation. You will be able to show how your HR&D team has identified, managed and delivered an HR&D initiative that supports the wider business strategy.

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the activity undertaken by your HR&D team
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of how your HR&D team complements the wider business
  • Demonstrate the behaviours and approach to engagement that has made your HR&D team highly effective, particularly in relation to the My CPD Map

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have demonstrated how their HR&D team contributed to business success and worked collaboratively to deliver initiatives or business strategy.

Recognising a successful Organisational Development (OD) project that delivered an outcome which improved business performance

You will be able to demonstrate how a project, developed based on quality OD practice, has improved an area of people practice which is clearly linked to business priorities. This could include employee engagement, cultural change, people change, digital transformation or new organisational frameworks and practices. You will also be able to evidence how your HR&D team has worked collaboratively to deliver the project and how you engaged your stakeholders, and the impact it had on business performance or outcomes. 

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the project
  • Demonstrate the value and pivotal role played by HR&D in delivering the programme
  • Effective planning and management of both process and people
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value at a people and business level

A submission can be made by an organisation or you may wish to make a joint submission to showcase a successful business partnership with a key supplier. 

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners in our change and engagement categories have implemented people change activities built on respect and employee input and have used a wide range of tools and social media to create improved engagement by ensuring all employees have a voice. 

Recognising high quality learning and development that has had a positive impact on people and the business

You will be able to demonstrate how you have designed and delivered an outstanding programme that has successfully developed people at any level in the business. This could be a management development programme, an apprenticeship programme, an induction programme, technical skills development or any learning solution that has been particularly innovative or impactful within your sector.

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the programme based on business and learner needs
  • Demonstrate how you used business drivers to inform the design and development of the programme
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value at a people and business level

A submission can be made by an organisation or you may wish to make a joint submission to showcase a successful business partnership with a key supplier.

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have demonstrated innovation in their learning approach, including using digital and blended learning approaches to connect with a broad audience.

Recognising organisations that value equality and/or have developed a diverse workforce

You will be able to demonstrate how you have developed a diverse and inclusive workforce and the impact it had on your business in terms of equality and employability. This could be through initiatives that address an identified gap or inequality in the workforce, demonstrating how you assisted an under- represented population. This could be attracting and retaining talent through pre-employment programmes, apprenticeships, traineeships, internships or specific development programmes for particular minority/under-represented groups. Other initiatives include strategies relating to flexibility, eldercare, gender, race, age, sexual and disability equality.

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the activity and area of focus
  • Evidence of how you have engaged people in initiatives
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value at a people and business level

A submission can be made by an organisation or you may wish to make a joint submission to showcase a successful business partnership with a key supplier.

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have identified an organisational gap or opportunity to improve diversity and structured and engaging and inclusive campaign to improve the position.

Recognising innovative HR&D initiatives that improve health and wellness in their organisation

You will be able to show how a health and wellness initiative has been innovative/ unique and how it has created a clear, measurable return on investment. Evidence of how and where you have used input from health and wellness specialist sources and providers to inform or support a successful initiative, showing how you have used external thinking to shape your activity.

What are the judges looking for?

  • Clear rationale for the health and wellness activity or initiative
  • Demonstrate how this is a unique or innovative approach
  • Demonstrate a clear link between health and wellness initiatives and business objectives
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value at a people and business level

A submission can be made by an organisation or you may wish to make a joint submission to showcase a successful business partnership with a key supplier.

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have demonstrated how business knowledge and insight have been utilised to inform health and wellness activities. Winners have also clearly positioned the importance of health and wellness at a strategic level and have demonstrated the impact on business performance and people outcomes.

Recognising organisations that have used effective and innovative strategies to attract, retain and reward talent

Submissions for this category can focus on any or all of the following:

  • Attraction and resourcing
  • Talent identification and management
  • Rewards & benefits

You will be able to demonstrate how you have attracted, developed or retained a workforce with the skills and talents needed by your organisation. You will be able to provide tangible evidence showing how your approach has been effective and had a direct impact on business performance and/or engagement.

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale for the approach
  • Evidence of how new or existing employees have engaged with activity
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value at a people and business level

A submission can be made by an organisation or you may wish to make a joint submission to showcase a successful business partnership with a key supplier.

What have previous winners done?

There are a broad range of initiatives that can fall into this category, previous winners have either demonstrated use of employer brand to attract and retained talent, or how they have used rewards and benefits that are aligned to organisational culture to attract and retain talent.

Recognising how HR&D practice has delivered business results in organisations with less than 250 employees

You will be able to demonstrate how HR&D insight has been utilised to benefit your business or your employees. This can include how HR&D has contributed to organisation development, change or a one-off project. Your organisation does not have to have a full-time HR&D presence to enter, and it can include the use of consultancy HR&D services.

What are the judges looking for?

  • A clear rationale HR&D activity
  • Evidence of how HR&D activity has contributed to business success

A submission can be made by an organisation or you may wish to make a joint submission to showcase a successful business partnership with a key supplier.

What have previous winners done?

Previous winners have been able to evidence that HR&D input has had a significant impact on organisational performance, including using apprenticeship programmes and developing internal skills and knowledge to meet emerging needs.

Armed Forces Covenant

Recognising organisations that engage with and support the armed forces community and their families, through employment opportunities, development, volunteering or fundraising

Sponsored by Armed Forces Covenant

This category looks for organisations to demonstrate initiatives that have engaged with or supported members of the Armed Forces including veterans, reservists, cadets and their families. Submissions should provide evidence of how and where the organisation has engaged with, and delivered support to, the Armed Forces communities.



What are the judges looking for?

  • Examples of how the organisations has supported a specific group or number of groups within the Armed Forces
  • An innovative, well considered approach to engagement and support
  • Clear evidence of the impact and value for both the Armed Forces group and for the organisation at a business level

A submission can be made by an organisation or you may wish to make a joint submission to showcase a successful business partnership. 

What have previous winners done?

This is a new award to CIPD, which is very exciting.  Support can be demonstrated through a range of activities including (but not limited to) work experience placements for Service Leavers, contributions to a Service Charity, supporting cadets in to apprenticeships, advertising vacancies with Career Transition Partnership, HR supportive policy for Reservists, Jobs fairs for spouses.

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