Princess Royal Training Awards

Rewarding training, recognising your people. Free to enter, the Awards are open to all UK employers who can show how investing in training has directly improved their people and organisational performance.

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The one training award with Royal Recognition

We believe that people make or break the success of a business. They are your most valuable asset and they deserve to be celebrated and recognised for their achievements.

That’s why City & Guilds has created the Princess Royal Training Awards. Free to enter, this is the One Award that Royally recognises your excellent training / learning and development and celebrates your people.

Now in its seventh year, the Awards have been an outstanding success and we have awarded over 300 organisations to date, including small, medium and large organisations in various sectors and locations across the UK.

See the video from the 2022 Award ceremony

How to apply

To be considered for a Princess Royal Training Award you need to fill in an application and provide evidence to support it.

The Awards are open to any private, public or not-for-profit organisation operating in the UK regardless of size or sector. You need to be able to prove that your outstanding training and skills development programmes have resulted in exceptional commercial benefits for the business. You should also be able to evidence how training and developing your staff and / or volunteers has had a positive impact.

More than an Award; a Community of Excellence

Applying for a Princess Royal Training Award will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on what you have achieved through your investment in training.

We provide one-to-one support through the application process and all applicants receive detailed and tailored written feedback on their application, which has been described as ‘free consultancy’.

Achieving this prestigious Award allows you to be externally recognised for your achievements and sets you apart from your competitors. Recipients of the Award are invited to display the award logo on their websites, business and recruitment communications and products, bringing industry-wide recognition. You will also join the community of excellence providing access to a network of over 150 Award holders who, like you, believe in the huge value of training and development.

Our alumni include John Lewis & Partners, IBM, Dermalogica, The Coop, RBS, GSK. All trusted the standard of excellence that the Awards set out.

The application process

The submission process for the Princess Royal Training Awards consists of an online application and a validation visit from an Assessor.

The first stage of the application process is to complete and submit an application form. We use three Hallmarks of Excellence as the criteria to evaluate applications. This ensures that all applications are assessed against the same rigorous standard. The application form and the supporting notes provide clear guidance on what the assessors are looking for.

If your application meets the criteria we will visit your organisation to hear more about your achievements, or you will receive a detailed feedback report. The Princess Royal Training Awards Commission will make the final decision about which organisations meet the Award’s standard of excellence.


Hallmark 1

Training / learning and development is integral to your organisation.

Hallmark 2

The programme is designed and delivered efficiently and effectively.

Hallmark 3

The programme has an impact on the success of the organisation and its people.

Virtual support events

We hold virtual workshops and informal ‘tea and chat’ sessions to offer practical help and support to anyone thinking about applying for a Princess Royal Training Award.

Attendees have the opportunity to find out more information about the Awards, go though the application process in detail and hear from an Assessor about what they are looking for and why applications are successful. Workshops also include the chance to hear from a previous recipient about their experience and tips on applying and the chance to ask lots of questions.

Sign up for a free virtual event on the Princess Royal Training Awards website ↗.

The workshop was really helpful in clarifying any questions, unpicking the application form and providing some useful tips!

Literally essential to attend a workshop before considering an application!

Virtual support workshop

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Interested in finding out more and being kept informed? Fill in the form below or find out more on the Princess Royal Training Awards website ↗.

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