1. Apprenticeship Scheme

This award recognises high-quality apprenticeship programmes that demonstrate clear alignment with the organisation’s business and people strategies. Successful programmes will demonstrate how they are integrated into the organisations’ wider workforce planning, providing great opportunities for learners to progress, and supporting efforts to increase diversity and inclusion.

The shortlisted entries are:

Doncasters UK Forgings Apprenticeship Scheme

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
The Welsh Water Apprenticeship Programme

Developing the future workforce (Inspire – Develop – Achieve)

Wales and West Utilities

Sponsored by ACT Training

2. Change Management Initiative

This award recognises employers that have successfully delivered a major organisational change programme. As well as making demonstrable contributions to organisational performance, effective change programmes bring positive impacts to employees and/or clearly minimise the potential negative impacts.

The shortlisted entries are:

Aberystwyth University
Reshaping the academic administration support at Aberystwyth University

Conduit Global
Conduit Global’s Team Leader Tier Strategy

Flintshire County Council
Creative collaboration to achieve transformation – The Aura Way

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
#NotBusinessAsUsual : Transforming education, Transforming Lives

Sponsored by Reed Human Resources

3. Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

This award recognises employers who are genuinely dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. The employment and development of people demands that all policies, practices and procedures are based on being inclusive and open to diversity, and regularly checked to tackle and remove unfair bias. Becoming a truly inclusive workplace requires openness, transparency and authentic behaviour, driven by a core belief in equality of opportunity.

The shortlisted entries are:

Aberystwyth University
Supporting diversity and inclusion for LGBT at work and across communities – through our All Our Trans Tomorrows Conference Series

Purple Iight up in Wales

National Assembly for Wales
Apprenticeship Scheme 2018

Principality Building Society
Diversity is the mix, inclusion is getting the mix to work well together!

Sponsored by GJR Performance Solutions

4. Employee Engagement Initiative

An employee engagement programme can deliver a win-win outcome for the business and its people. Employees who are engaged are more likely to be more fulfilled and benefit from improved wellbeing, which can result in higher levels of employee loyalty, performance and retention. This award recognises entries where employee engagement initiatives are having a clear and positive impact on organisational performance.

The shortlisted entries are:

Chwarae Teg
Chwarae Teg’s Employee Engagement Initiative

Companies House
Transforming Digital Culture

The MotoNovo Way

Wales and West Utilities
Moving forward together

Sponsored by HR Spectrum

5. Health and Well-being Initiative

This award recognises employers that place employee well-being centre stage within the organisation and have embedded a strong culture of workplace well-being. Investing in people’s health and well-being is good for business but it’s also the right thing to do. Successful programmes will be preventative and proactive in promoting well-being, as well as demonstrating effective rehabilitation and return-to-work practices.

The shortlisted entries are:

Swansea Council
From Surviving to Thriving

Coastal Housing
Embedding a successful wellbeing strategy based on what matters

Principality Building Society
Promoting and building a culture of wellbeing throughout the organisation

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
Safe, Healthy and Happy at Welsh Water

Sponsored by Mind Cymru

6. HR/L&D Consultancy

This award recognises the partnership between an individual consultant/consultancy and a client organisation, working on a specific people-related project to address a strategic issue. The consultancy must include written permission from the client on the entry form.

The shortlisted entries are:

effectusHR with Pobl Group – Recruitment Plus

RW Learning

SSCL Recruitment Team

Sweetmans and Partners
Hackathon for the Financial, Legal and Professional Services Sector

Sponsored by University of South Wales

7. In-House Team

This award recognises HR/L&D teams that have demonstrated excellence across the organisation to meet both the needs of the business and its people.

The shortlisted entries are:

Circle IT
From Good to Great, HR as a strategic partner

All Wales Police Force
A new approach to police recruitment in Wales – a four forces commitment

Better recruitment to deliver better statistics, better decisions

SSCL – Priority Recruitment Team

Sponsored by Human Resourcing

8. Great HR in a SME

This award recognises small or medium-sized businesses (fewer than 250 employees) that have transformed the way they manage and develop their people in support of the workforce and wider business objectives.

The shortlisted entries are:

Chwarae Teg
Chwarae Teg’s Employee Engagement Initiative

Circle IT
From Good to Great, HR as a strategic partner

Coastal Housing
Embedding a successful wellbeing strategy based on what matters

Transforming to a leading digital employer of choice

Sponsored by Welsh Government

9. Emerging Practitioner

In any organisation, practitioners, irrespective of the level at which they operation, undertake essential people management roles. This award seeks to identify and recognise those early on in their careers who have shown the potential to make a significant impact within the organisation and the profession, now or in the future.

The shortlisted entries are:

Angela Carreira

Laurie Greenaway
Principality Building Society

Lucy Webb
Bridgend College

Molly Downs

Sponsored by LHH Penna

10. Outstanding Contribution

The CIPD Wales Outstanding Contribution Award is presented to an individual in recognition of their outstanding and exceptional contribution to the profession within Wales.

The shortlisted entries are:

Maggie Inman
UWTSD – The Business School

Martin Kitchener
Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

Mike Beynon
Shared Services Connected Ltd – Servicing Central Government

Sue Chambers
Aberystwyth University

Sponsored by Hugh James solicitors