The Learning Leader of the Year is presented to an outstanding learning leader who has made a real difference, in a strategic sense, to both the learning operation in their workplace and the organisation as a whole in terms of impact and effectiveness and is seen as a leader among his or her peers.

Presented to an outstanding learning leader who has made a real difference and is seen as a leader among their peers


The judges will be seeking clear differentiators from other entrants to the award, evidence of innovation and endorsement by both team members and the employer. The entry should offer a strong proposition in response to the challenge ‘why this person, this year?’ The submission can be self-written or nomination based.


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 role and the overall achievements of the applicant, including the structure of the learning team and the nature of the employing organisation. Indicate progress towards goals over time and some of the significant successes over time. (Maximum 200 words)
  • Description of the key challenges, and the approaches adopted – consider the following points within your submission: situation analysis, the journey of the learning team over the last few years and the specific strategic contribution of its leader, the outputs of the team and its impact on the organisation as a whole. Any business impact claims need to be substantiated by clear evidence. Include the lessons learned, and the journey taken. (Maximum 250 words)
  • Outcomes – what were the key performance metrics and results, both in terms of business performance and, also, in terms of meeting the expectations of your organisation?  What key decisions were taken and why? (Maximum 250 words)
  • Achievement – what do you consider to be the core achievements that you have made and what differentiates you from other learning leaders doing a competent job? Why do you believe that this is the year that you deserve the award? (Minimum 200 words; maximum 400 words)
  • Presentation – note that the Finalist will be required to give a 15-minute presentation on their role, to the judges. The aim of the presentation is to demonstrate the excellence of the candidate’s contribution in either a face-to-face or online setting.
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