In this category, we will be looking to recognise higher level (Level 3 and above) quality
apprenticeship programmes that provide great opportunities for learners to progress, support
efforts to increase diversity and inclusion, and are integrated into organisations' wider workforce planning.
The judges will be looking for:
• the range of evidence and information you used to inform the decisions made. What was the
driver for the initiative? Does the initiative align to the organisation’s strategic objectives?
• how the work positively impacted the organisation and its people. This may include financial
metrics (revenue, profits, ROI, productivity), customer engagement/satisfaction levels, people-
related indicators (eg, absence levels, staff turnover, engagement), as well as less tangible
outcomes such as the impact on the credibility and integrity of the function/profession within
• evidence of good-quality mentoring, line management or on-the-job learning are crucial
• evidence of impact on individual outcomes – such as learner satisfaction, engagement, and
• if you are an apprenticeship levy payer, can you demonstrate evidence of how you maximised
your return on these funds – and, in particular, any new standards you were involved in
In addition, the judges will give extra credit to entries which embody one or more of the CIPD
professional principles (Work Matters, People Matter, Professionalism Matters).