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Apply for a Princess Royal Training Award: a prestigious award that celebrates and royally recognises outstanding training in the restaurant industry

Do you deliver outstanding training, learning and development programmes that are having an impact on your organisation? Why not apply for a Princess Royal Training Award and get the recognition you deserve?

What are the Princess Royal Training Awards?

Free to enter from start to finish, the Princess Royal Training Awards celebrate employers committed to training, learning and skills development who can demonstrate exceptional impact on their business. If you want to showcase your training and join an outstanding Alumni network of 600+ organisations committed to investing in learning and development, then this could be the perfect award for you.

Who can apply?

 The Awards are open to any private, public or not-for-profit organisation operating in the UK and Ireland regardless of size or sector. Whether training to tackle skills shortages in the sector, investing in graduates to reduce staff turnover, developing programmes to create a culture of inclusivity or to address gender imbalances in leadership, the Awards are open to all.

Previous Awards recipients include global multinationals such as IBM, GSK and Labcorp, well-known brands including Asda, Barclays, Dermalogica, DVLA, Greene King, HMRC, JCB and Santander, as well as smaller organisations and charities including Diverse FM and Cox London.

Have any organisations from the restaurant industry been recognised?

A range of organisations in the restaurant and hospitality industry, large and small, have achieved an Award, including Black and White Hospitality, Caffe Nero, Dorchester Collection, Elior UK, Greene King, The Master Innholders, Mitchells and Butlers, Oakman Inns and the Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

Outstanding training programmes have included those of the rapidly expanding franchise restaurant business Black and White Hospitality, which developed a programme focusing on brand integration and engagement in order to improve guest satisfaction. In an extremely transient industry, the training was developed to be accessible and interactive and included training buddies and champions. Following the training, both mystery diner scores and guest satisfaction responses improved across restaurants.

Other organisations commended for excellence in training include contract catering organisation Elior UK, which established a Chef School programme in order to create an in-house pipeline and address a predicted future skills gap in the sector. Outcomes included a 68% promotion rate, reduced recruitment spending and increased reputation and credibility with customers. Moreover, Oakman Inns developed a company-wide programme based on the changing needs of its learners. Staff turnover has fallen by 16% and internally promoted chef numbers have increased by 34% as a result of the training strategy.

What do the Awards offer?

The Princess Royal Training Awards offer something a bit different from other award programmes. Organisations receive royal recognition for their outstanding training programmes, with an award that sets them apart from their competitors and can be displayed on their website, communications and products.

Notably, as the Awards are a standard of excellence, employers don’t have to compete against one another. They simply need to show that they are meeting the Awards’ criteria through their training programmes.

In addition to attendance at a high-profile ceremony where successful organisations are presented with the Award by HRH The Princess Royal, recipients also become part of the alumni network of organisations dedicated to excellence in training, learning and development.

“Now we are part of a community of Princess Royal Training Awards Alumni where we can continue to share best practice and learn from other organisations as we continue to grow”

– 2021 recipient.

Previous Awards recipients have reported numerous additional benefits, including increased investment in training programmes, improved recruitment and retention, and incorporation of HR and Learning and Development into organisational strategy.

 How do we get started?

Applying is easy. Register now and you’ll be sent a unique link for your application form, which you can fill in and submit online. The Awards are open until 31 March 2023. Applicants can even submit a draft application before 28th February to receive feedback from Assessors! Previous recipients have found this support invaluable:

“The feedback was so helpful and so constructive and you get a real sense that the Assessors are really trying to help you towards achieving the Award.” – 2022 recipient.

What’s more, there are plenty of other options to ensure that applicants are fully supported throughout the application process. In addition to attending support workshops and ‘tea and chat’ sessions for advice, guidance and tips, applicants can get in touch with the Princess Royal Training Awards team via 1-1 calls, web chat or email support.

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