CIPD People Management Awards winners announced

CIPD People Management Awards winners announced


The winners of the 2018 CIPD People Management Awards were announced last night, at an awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel hosted by TV presenter and journalist, Steph McGovern.

This year’s awards were divided into 19 categories and were open to organisations of all sizes and sectors.

Specsavers emerged as overall winners for their highly successful Apprenticeship Scheme, Grow Our Own, which clearly demonstrated how an organisation can utilise the apprenticeship levy to their strategic advantage. Following an increase in investment in apprenticeships after the introduction of the levy, Specsavers became the sole provider for the advanced apprenticeship in spectacle making. They also positioned their apprenticeships as a dedicated team at the heart of their global people and organisation functions. The judges were also impressed by their positive recruitment process, which ensured that apprentices were hired from a diverse range of ethnic and social backgrounds. Overall, Specsavers’s commitment to integrating apprentices into every aspect of the business, and the breadth of opportunities available to people from all backgrounds, epitomised the qualities of a successful apprenticeship scheme.

Commenting on the awards, Peter Cheese, CIPD chief executive, said: “It was fantastic to bring so many dedicated people professionals together to celebrate the successes of a wide range of HR and L&D initiatives. Across all of the categories, the standard of entries has continued to rise, with each of the winners showcasing innovative and effective people management and development practices. Critically, we continue to see the link between these initiatives and the positive impact they have on people at work as well as bringing about positive outcomes for their wider business.

“For our overall winner, this year we were looking for an initiative that has exemplified great practice, and shown the many different ways in which we, as a profession, shape organisations and their outcomes. The Specsavers apprenticeship scheme brought all of this together, providing an impressive range of opportunities for apprentices in different areas of the organisation, and also at a variety of skill levels. Through this scheme, Specsavers has shown how much organisations can benefit through investing in skills, and how talent-pipelines can be secured well into the future. They should be very proud of their work, and we congratulate them and all of our other winners”. 

In addition to the overall winner, awards were given to winners from each category, which were chosen by a panel of industry judges:

Best apprenticeship scheme - Specsavers

Best change management initiative - Yorkshire Building Society Group 

Best coaching and mentoring initiative - London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Best digital initiative in HR/L&D - Office for National Statistics

Best diversity and inclusion initiative - Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure 

Best employee engagement initiative - Harvester

Best health and well-being initiative - CGI 

Best HR/L&D consultancy - Executive Life Coaching

Best HR/L&D supplier - SSCL

Best international HR initiative - ODEON Cinemas Group 

Best L&D initiative, private sector - Greencore Group

Best L&D initiative, public/third sector - Mersey Care Foundation Trust

Best recruitment and talent management initiative - Fujitsu

Best reward or recognition initiative - Exertis UK 

Best skills-based volunteering initiative - Network Rail

Best SME people management initiative ( - Today Team

HR/L&D team of the year - University of London

Michael Kelly outstanding student award, intermediate and foundation level – Tom Sherry, Forrest Holidays

Michael Kelly outstanding student award, advanced level - Keith Houston, Allstate

Full details can be found on the CIPD website.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

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