The Innovation in Learning Award is open to any organisation that can demonstrate that they have made a unique and innovative contribution to the delivery of learning.

Recognising new and boundary-pushing ways of engaging learners and developing capability in the workplace.


Judges will be looking for new or ground breaking or substantially novel ways of engaging learners, stimulating the creation and sharing of knowledge, integrating learning and work, and accelerating organisational learning and generating business impact. To be successful an organisation must clearly show how they have helped to create an environment that fosters learning and develops capability in the workplace.  You will need to demonstrate how sustainable value has been created, and business impact over time has been built.


You are requested to structure your submission in a way that covers the sections below. Each section will be reviewed by the judges during the short-listing phase and the submission will be scored. Please ensure that you observe the strict word count criteria below.

  • Overview – a brief description of the programme, the innovation(s) within the programme, and the drivers for innovation. Explain how you became involved and your role in the initiation as well as the development of the programme. Explain how the innovation came about and what makes it ground breaking. (Maximum 200 words)
  • Description of the key challenges, and the approaches adopted – there must be a conscious attempt to modify, build upon, or create new methods or processes to support adult learning. Consider the following points within your submission: the approach to individual and group learning, the learning process, solution development, learner engagement, sponsor engagement, performance outcomes, business impact over time, and lessons learned. (Maximum 250 words)
  • Outcomes – what were the key performance metrics and results, both in terms of business impact and, also, in terms of meeting stakeholder expectations? Will the programme continue? (Maximum 250 words)
  • Achievement – what do you consider to be your core achievements in this innovative programme? How has the innovation made the difference, and why do you believe that this is the year that it should be the Innovation in Learning Award this year?  Has it had a wider impact than the programme parameters on your team and/or the organisation as a whole? (Minimum 200 words; maximum 400 words)

Please note: Submissions for the 2020 awards are now closed

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