The learning and development community’s top organisations and outstanding individuals gathered together in London last night (7th February) to celebrate the 23rd annual Learning Awards.
Devised and hosted exclusively by the Learning & Performance Institute, the Learning Awards is widely regarded as the L&D sector’s premier awards ceremony.
Popular British television and radio presenter, Claudia Winkleman, hosted the event 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 15 award categories.
Once again, the standard of entries for the Learning Awards was phenomenally high, with hundreds of submissions received from individuals and organisations in over 51 countries. The Learning and Performance Institute assembled a collection of 14 industry leaders to form the independent judging panel, who combed through hundreds of submissions to select the very best. The judges were impressed with the passion, the creativity, the effective learning design, and the measurable business impact that every one of the finalists demonstrated.
The standout categories included Learning Provider of the Year, which was won by Sponge, whilst the Learning Team of the Year, dominated by a host of well-known names, including Mitchells & Butler, Openreach and Yorkshire Building Society, went to LVGIG. The hotly-contested Learning Technologies Award was won by UK Coaching with Filtered close behind a commendable Silver award.
The coveted Learning Leader of the Year was won by Loiza Tallon of XMA, whilst the Learning Professional of the Year 2019 was Vodafone's Claire Barron.
This year the ceremony presented its Colin Corder Award for Oustanding Services to Learning to Josh Bersin, a true visionary in the learning and development world. Josh is the world-known industry analyst and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, leading provider of research-based membership programs in human resources (HR), talent and learning. Josh founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and a popular blogger. Prior to founding Bersin & Associates, Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing, and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies. Josh takes his rightful place among other learning luminaries such as Elliott Masie, Jane Hart, Charles Jennings and Bob Mosher.
Opening the awards ceremony, LPI CEO, Edmund Monk, gave an opening address about how performance can be seen as a synergy of technology with human capital, and the importance of upskilling for new and emerging roles.
The evening commenced with the LPI Charity Auction in aid of Dreamflight, a UK charity which takes seriously ill or disabled children to Disneyland Florida each year. The LPI has raised over £400,000 for children’s charities since the Auction was launched in 1999.
The Learning Awards 2019 Winners
Internal Learning Solution of the Year – Sponsored by QA
Gold Winner: Hugo Boss
Finalists: Bayer US, Slovenska Sporitelna, Victoria University Polytechnic
External Learning Solution of the Year – Sponsored by Filtered
Gold Winner: Samaritans & Brightwave
Silver: Halma & Hive Learning
Bronze: Standard Life Aberdeen & GoodPractice
Finalists: Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group & Freeformers, Sydney Water Corporation & Elemental Projects, Vodafone & PurpleMedia
Apprenticeship Programme of the Year – Sponsored by Microsoft
Gold Winner: HM Land Registry
Finalists: Argyll and Bute Council, Berkeley Homes, Firebrand Training
People Development Programme of the Year (Public Sector) – Sponsored by Knowledgepool (part of Capita plc)
Gold Winner: Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Silver: Teenage Cancer Trust
Finalists: Leonard Cheshire, Community Gateway Association
People Development Programme of the Year (Private Sector) – Sponsored by AXELOS
Gold Winner: Honda Motor
Silver: The Working Manager & O2
Finalists: Armstrong Ceiling Solution, Generali, Hugo Boss
Learning Technologies Award – Sponsored by Deloitte
Gold Winner: UK Coaching
Bronze: Fuse Universal & Hilti
Finalsists: Coca-Cola, International Workplace
Innovation in Learning Award – Sponsored by aNewSpring
Gold Winner: EDF Energy
Silver: Bluestone College
Bronze: Digital Unite
Finalists: Fuse Universal & Hilti, Newton Europe, Santander
Digital Learning Transformation Award – Sponsored by Logical Operations
Gold Winner: myProteus
Silver: Banco Santander
Bronze: Teach on Mars & Acqua di Parma
Finalsists: Cognizant Technology Solutions, EY & Lumesse Learning, RBS
Start-up Learning Provider of the Year - Sponsored by LAS
Gold Winner: VirtualSpeech
Silver: LearnBox Ltd
Bronze: Thinking Focus
Finalists: Ampersand, Invisible Grail, Spongy Elephant
Onboarding Programme of the Year – Sponsored by Blue Eskimo
Gold Winner: Southern Co-op
Silver: Media Zoo & Tesco
Finalsist: Autodesk, Direct Line Group, Ford Otosan
Rising Star Award - Sponsored by Safety Media
Gold: Sarah Davies, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Silver: Michael Harcourt, Essential Site Skills
Bronze: Bianca Balcanu, XMA
Finalsists: Amy Chapman, Vanquis Bank | Burçak Yldrm Orhan, Tezgahçila | Lucy Bolton, DPG
Learning Professional of the Year – Sponsored by Lidl
Gold Winner: Claire Barron, Vodafone
Silver: Tom Fowler, LV=
Bronze: Dr. Hannah Gore, Solera Holdings
Finalsists: Marie Caliskan, Tesco | Leonard Houx, City University | Kishore Krishnan, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Learning Leader of the Year – Sponsored by Training Zone
Gold Winner: Loiza Tallon, XMA
Silver: Jaimie Stewart, D&D London
Bronze: David Bedlow - Mortgage Advice Bureau
Fionalsists: Mandeep Kundi, BMJ | Mark Rainbow, Openreach | Nina Lord, Health Education and Training Institute-NSW Health
Learning Provider of the Year – Sponsored by Overlap
Gold Winner: Sponge
Silver: Media Zoo
Bronze: APT Training and Consultancy
Finalsists: Alzheimer's Society, Essential Site Skills, Mind Gym
Learning Team of the Year – Sponsored by Conduent
Gold Winner: LVGIG
Silver: Mitchells & Butler
Finalsists: Westcoast, Shakespeare Martineau, Yorkshire Building Society
Colin Corder Award for Oustanding Services to Learning - Sponsored by Fuse Universal
Winner: Josh Bersin
Further information on the Learning Awards can be found on the Awards website.