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The Learning Awards 2018 finalists are announced

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The Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Learning Awards, the learning sector’s annual celebration of outstanding achievement, best practice and excellence in corporate learning and performance.


Finalists for the 2018 Learning Awards, representing the highest achieving individuals and organisations in the field of learning and development, were announced today by the Learning and Performance Institute. The 15 awards categories received hundreds of entries from around the globe, and included submissions from many of the world’s leading brands, alongside first-time submissions from emerging technology providers. Every shortlisted finalist has demonstrated exceptional performance and contribution to the learning profession.

This year's awards has attracted another increase in entries over last year, with a significant contribution from global organisations, and yet the depth and quality of the entries has not diminished.

Paying tribute to the support of the learning community for cementing the position of The Learning Awards as the sector's leading awards ceremony, LPI CEO Edmund Monk, said: "The heritage and reputation of The Learning Awards is unrivalled and it continues to be the first event that’s marked on the L&D calendar. For those who are shortlisted and those who eventually win, the experience often leads to career-changing opportunities as companies and individuals are sought out for their experience and innovation.

"Yet again, there has been an increase in submissions over the previous year, making the achievement of our shortlisted entries all the more impressive. With such fierce competition, the 2018 Learning Awards is shaping up to be a hotly-contested event - just to make the finals is a tremendous achievement for which the organisations and the individuals should be truly proud."

"So I'd like to offer my congratulations to all the Finalists and look forward to seeing them at The Dorchester on 1st February 2018. To those who did not make the finals they should know that they have not failed but should be proud of their achievements. If they continue working with the business, continue raising standards and continue to innovate, we can hopefully welcome them to a future Learning Awards."

The shortlisted finalists are as follows:

Headline Sponsor BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT 


Apprenticeship Programme of the Year (sponsored by CompTIA)

Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
St. Mungo's
TOM Vehicle Rental


Digital Learning Transformation Award (sponsored by New Horizons)

HT2 Labs
Manipal Global Education Services
Mitchells & Butlers
PepsiCo, Kineo & dominKnow
Tata Consultancy Services


External Learning Solution of the Year

AXA & Sponge UK
beyondblue & Liquid Interactive & GoodPractice
Great Western Railway & MTD Training
McDonald's & Kallidus
PepsiCo & Triniti Marketing


Innovation in Learning Award (sponsored by Serious Games International)

Johnson Controls
KNect365 Learning
London Business School
MWR InfoSecurity
Warwick Conferences


Internal Learning Solution of the Year (sponsored by QA)

Bullet Lift Services
McCann Worldgroup
Virgin Active


Learning Professional of the Year

Jo Byrne - Cambridge Assessment
Bobby Chatterjee - Inspirational Development Group
Sharon Claffey-Kaliouby - State Street Global Advisors
Craig Hamill - Zonal Retail Data Systems
John Hinchliffe - Virtual College
Craig Taylor - HT2 Labs


Learning Provider of the Year

Athena Professional
EF Education First
LEO Learning


Learning Team of the Year (sponsored by tts)

Cognizant Technology Solutions
Robert Bosch
State Street Global Advisors


Learning Technologies Award (sponsored by Microsoft)

Ernst & Young
Mindful Education
OpenLearn at The Open University
Serious Games International
Sky Academy


Onboarding Programme of the Year (sponsored by Litmos Heroes)

At Home Décor Stores & Axonify
Generali Insurance
Greater Anglia


People Development Programme of the Year (Private Sector)

Hugo Boss Textile
Wolseley, Insights Learning & Development & Odissy


People Development Programme of the Year (Public Sector)

LEO Learning
Medical Research Council
Royal National Lifeboat Institution


Rising Star of the Year

Laura Emson - Cambridge Assessment
Danielle Kennedy - Litmos Heroes
Hayley Khan - Virtual College
Sukhi Sanghera - Berwin Leighton Paisner
Emma Sephton - HT2 Labs
James Tyas - Saffron Interactive


Start-up Learning Provider of the Year (sponsored by Scredible)

Mindful Education
New Heroes
The Mentoring School


CLO of the Year (sponsored by Safety Media)



Shortlisted entries will now be required to present their submissions to a panel of independent judges during judging week, hosted at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in London later this month.

The winner of the Colin Corder Award (sponsored by Pluralsight) for significant and lasting contribution to learning will be announced at the ceremony.

The Learning Awards is proud to support this year’s nominated charity Dreamflight. Dreamflight is a registered UK charity that changes young lives through taking seriously ill and disabled children, without their parents, on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida. A charity auction will take place before the awards presentation to raise money for the organisation.

The Learning Awards ceremony takes place at the prestigious Dorchester hotel in London's Park Lane on Thursday 1st February 2018.

Places may be booked via Pauline Saunders at [email protected] or on +44 (0)2476 496 210.

The Learning Awards are hosted by The Learning and Performance Institute, the UK’s leading Institute for workplace learning professionals. For further information visit