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)
Digital Learning Transformation Award (sponsored by New Horizons)
External Learning Solution of the Year
Innovation in Learning Award (sponsored by Serious Games International)
Internal Learning Solution of the Year (sponsored by QA)
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
Learning Team of the Year (sponsored by tts)
Learning Technologies Award (sponsored by Microsoft)
Onboarding Programme of the Year (sponsored by Litmos Heroes)
People Development Programme of the Year (Private Sector)
People Development Programme of the Year (Public Sector)
Rising Star of the Year
Start-up Learning Provider of the Year (sponsored by Scredible)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://thelearningawards.com