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The 20th annual Learning Awards winners announced

UKLearning NewsLPI (Learning and Performance Institute)

Celebrating the best of the best of workplace learning across the globe.


The learning and development community’s top organisations and outstanding individuals gathered together in London last night (4th February) to celebrate the 20th annual Learning Awards.

Devised and hosted exclusively by the Learning & Performance Institute, the Learning Awards is recognised as the L&D sector’s premier awards ceremony.

With a record number of submissions from individuals and organisations from across the globe, the winners were selected from a competitive field of entrants, all of whom demonstrated exceptional vision and depth in providing learning solutions with a proven business impact. The Learning and Performance Institute assembled a collection of industry visionaries to form the independent judging panel, chaired by Nigel Paine, Colin Steed, Sue Bradshaw, Kandy Woodfield and Barbara Thompson, who combed through hundreds of submissions to select the very best.

Popular British television and radio presenter, Claudia Winkleman, once again hosted the event, which took place at the 5-star Dorchester Hotel, on London’s Park Lane. The ceremony was filled with international figureheads from the global learning community, who joined the awards finalists to celebrate outstanding success across 14 award categories.

The standout categories included Learning Provider of the Year, which was won by Growth Engineering, whilst the Learning Team of the Year, dominated by a host of well-known names, including Barclays, CBRE, BT and Cognizant, went to TATA Consultancy Services. The Learning Technologies Award was won by Immerse Learning for its innovative virtual world that combined content and continuous assessment with live online mentoring.

The coveted CLO of the year was won by PwC’s Sarah Lindsell, and the Learning Professional of the Year went to Jennifer Stanzl of TATA Consultancy Services.

This year the ceremony presented its Colin Corder Award for Services to Learning to Julian Stodd, a true thought leader in the world of modern workplace learning, founder of Sea Salt Learning and specialist in the strategic and operational development of learning solutions. Julian works globally with organisations interested in Social Learning and Leadership, Culture and Change, Learning Technology and Learning Design. An outstanding winner of the award.

LPI Managing Director, Ed Monk, said: “With a record number of entries this year, over 400, to be a finalist is in itself an outstanding achievement. I hope that your organisations are proud of you and the real impact you have had on the performance of the business. Tonight, there are no winners and losers. You are all ‘the best of the best’.”

The evening commenced with the LPI Charity Auction in aid of Dreamflight, a small charity who take seriously ill or disabled children to Disneyland Florida each year. The LPI has raised over £360,000 for children’s charities since the Auction was launched in 1999.


The Learning Awards 2016 Winners
Sponsored by SAS

Internal Learning Solution of the Year – Sponsored by QA
Gold Winner: BT Technology, Service & Operations
Silver: Barclays
Bronze: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

External Learning Solution of the Year – Sponsored by CompTIA
Gold Winner: Kallidus & TfL
Silver: Mind Gym & Thomson Reuters
Bronze:  SAS Institute & HSBC Retail Risk Analytics

Apprenticeship Programme of the Year – Sponsored by New Horizons
Gold Winner: South West Water
Silver: Kwik-Fit GB
Bronze: KFC UKI

People Development Programme of the Year – Sponsored by Insights
Gold Winner: Santander UK
Silver: Omnicom Media Group
Bronze: wagamama

Learning Technologies Award – Sponsored by Microsoft
Gold Winner: Immerse Learning
Silver: Dubai Police
Bronze: Filtered

Innovation in Learning Award – Sponsored by Afiniti
Gold Winner: National Training Academy for Rail & PAULEY
Silver: Filtered
Bronze: Refined Data Solutions

Social & Collaborative Media Award – Sponsored by Saba Software
Gold Winner: Villeroy & Boch & HT2
Silver: Citi
Bronze: AB Sugar

Start-up Learning Provider of the Year – Sponsored by Filtered
Gold Winner: Rock And A Hard Place
Silver: Bloom Learning Solutions
Bronze: Amazing If

Onboarding Programme of the Year – Sponsored by Blue Eskimo
Gold Winner: Farmfoods & Sponge UK              
Silver: Pearson and Landscape
Bronze: AIG

Learning Professional of the Year – Sponsored by Immerse Learning
Gold Winner: Jennifer Stanzl, TATA Consultancy Services
Silver: Vari Atri, Dell Sales L&D
Bronze: Jennie Marshall, QA

CLO of the Year – Sponsored by, a Linkedin company
Gold Winner: Sarah Lindsell, PwC
Silver: Chris Bartlett, FMC Technologies
Bronze: Damodar Padhi, TATA Consultancy Services

Learning Provider of the Year – Sponsored by TATA Interactive Services
Gold Winner: Growth Engineering
Silver: Degreed
Bronze: Development Beyond Learning

Learning Team of the Year – Sponsored by TTS
Gold Winner: TATA Consultancy Services
Silver: Barclays Internal Audit
Bronze: The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

Colin Corder Award, Sponsored by Pluralsight – Winner: Julian Stodd


 For more information, visit the Learning Awards webpage