CIPD Wales, the professional body for HR and people development, has announced that entries for its 2018 awards are open following the phenomenal success of last year’s inaugural awards.
To be held at National Museum Cardiff on 22nd November, the awards celebrate the outstanding people development work that takes place across Wales.
Thousands of people work in the people profession across Wales, with HR and leadership development spanning every industry and last year’s awards recognised some of Wales’ top businesses and organisations including Welsh Government, City and County of Swansea, and Wales & West Utilities.
Lesley Richards, head of CIPD Wales, said:
“Last year we were inundated with entries, and we expect this year to be the same. People development is a vitally important part of how businesses succeed, and is essential to ensuring quality employee wellbeing and recruiting and retaining the best people.
“HR and people development is the one common factor that affects every business and it is amazing to see the passion, professionalism and respect for the industry in Wales. Last year we received some fantastic entries demonstrating how businesses go above and beyond to support and maximise potential in their employees and we’re looking forward to hearing more of these stories this year, and to rewarding the winners in November.”
The awards have recruited a highly experienced panel of judges for this year, including CIPD Director of Business and Markets Development Gill White, Corporate Services Director for Welsh Government Peter Kennedy, Partner and Head of Employment Law and HR Services at Hugh James Emma Burns, Regional Director for LHH Penna Paul Harris, Managing Director of Resolution at Work Alison Love, Sue Chambers from CIPD Wales’ Mid and North Wales branch, Director of People and Culture at S.A. Brain & Co Jon Bridge, and Senior HR and Recruitment Advisor at Circle IT Catrin Masling.
The categories for this year’s CIPD Wales Awards are:
• Apprenticeship Scheme, which recognises high-quality apprenticeship programmes that demonstrate clear alignment with the organisation’s business and people strategies.
• Change Management Initiative, which recognises employers that have successfully delivered a major organisational change programme.
• Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, which recognises employers who are genuinely dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.
• Employee Engagement Initiative, which recognises entries where employee engagement initiatives are having a clear and positive impact on organisational performance.
• Health and Well-being Initiative which recognises employers that place employee well-being centre stage within the organisation and have embedded a strong culture of workplace well-being.
• HR/L&D Consultancy, which recognises the partnership between an individual consultant/consultancy and a client organisation, working on a specific people-related project to address a strategic issue.
• In-House Team, which recognises HR/L&D teams that have demonstrated excellence across the organisation to meet both the needs of the business and its people.
• SME people management initiative (<250 employees), recognises small or medium-sized businesses (fewer than 250 employees) that have transformed the way they manage and develop their people in support of the workforce and wider business objectives.
• Emerging Practitioner, which seeks to identify and recognise those early on in their careers who have shown the potential to make a significant impact within the organisation and the profession, now or in the future.
• Outstanding Contribution: The CIPD Wales Outstanding Contribution Award is presented to an individual in recognition of their outstanding and exceptional contribution to the profession within Wales.
Judge Catrin Masling, who was last year’s winner of the CIPD Wales Emerging HR Practitioner of the Year award and a judge for 2018, said:
“Being included in the mix of last year’s incredibly talented professionals was a wonderful experience, and I’m looking forward to being on the other side of the judging this year.
“Being a recipient of the award has certainly raised my profile in the industry and among my peers in IT and I’d certainly recommend other professionals to consider putting themselves and their teams forward.”
Instructions on how to enter can be found at http://cipdwalesawards.co.uk/how-to-enter/
The event sponsors for 2018’s CIPD Wales Awards include premium sponsors Hugh James and LHH Penna alongside Welsh Government, HR Human Resourcing, HR Spectrum Ltd, Resolution at Work, Reed and GJR Performance Solutions. Sponsorship is still available for some categories.